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L A S E L L 



Where the Classroom 
Is The Real World 



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FALL 2008 






In this issue 




2 Message from the President 




3 Commencement 




4 Connected Learning 




12 Campus Update 




13 Class Notes 




25 Alumni Relations 




30 Major Gifts 




31 Annual Fund 




32 Sports 






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Recognizing the Importance of Annual Giving 

Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36/H'96 
Offers $150,000 Challenge 



Showing her firm belief in the future 
of Lasell and her passion for higher 
education, Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle 
'36/H'96 has offered a $150,000 
Challenge to the FY09 Annual Fund. 
"I hope to stimulate new and increased 
giving from alumni, parents, and 
friends of the College, and to take 
annual giving to a new level," she says. 
"With the inauguration of President 
Alexander and the Strategic Plan for 
2012, we are entering a new phase in 
Lasell's history and my challenge 
shows my confidence in the path 
of the College." 

The Strategic Plan has a goal of 
reaching or exceeding $1 million in 
annual giving by 2012. With donors 
responding in full to the Challenge 



Grant, Lasell will take a huge forward 
stride towards this objective. An Annual 
Fund at this level will propel Lasell to a 
new level of excellence and position the 
College for future growth. 

Unrestricted Annual Fund gifts support 
many pressing needs. Student financial 
aid has become even more important 
in these current economic times as 
families struggle to pay tuition. 
Campus maintenance requires more 
attention as we continue to grow, with 
the addition of new residence halls, 
faculty offices, and classroom space. 
And, as outlined in the Strategic Plan, 
additional resources to attract top 
faculty to Lasell and to provide them 
with the educational tools they need 
to educate the next generation of 



Commitment to Teaching 



Stephen Sarikas, Ph.D., Named 
Joan Weiler Arnow Professor 



At Commencement in May, Vice 
President for Academic Affairs James 
Ostrow announced that Biology 
Professor Stephen Sarikas would be 
the fifth recipient of the Joan Weiler 
Arnow Professorship. Established by 
Robert and Joan Weiler Arnow '49, 



the three-year professorship provides 
support for a scholar-teacher whose 
commitment to teaching and personal 
interest in students enhances the 
learning process and makes a 

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leaders in our society which remains a 
topmost objective. 

Under the terms of the Challenge, 
Adelaide Van Winkle will match up 
to $150,000 of contributions to the 
2008-09 Annual Fund to the extent 
that each contribution (not counting 
third-party matching payments) exceeds 
the same person's contribution from the 
prior year, is at least $100, and is paid 
by June 30, 2009. 

"Lasell is fortunate to have an alumna 
show such incredible leadership and 
generosity," says President Alexander. 
"Her support of the College reaffirms 
her belief in its progress in the 
coming years." W 




Newly named Arnow Professor Stephen 
Sarikas, Ph.D., receives hearty 
congratulations from fellow faculty members. 



First Recipients of Excellence in Educational 
Leadership Award Announced at Commencement 



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The Thomas E.J. de Witt Award for 
Excellence in Educational Leadership 
was established to recognize the 
achievements and extraordinary 
leadership of the eighth president's 
19 years of service. Nominations 
for individuals who demonstrated 
extraordinary leadership and 
innovation in education while 
supporting the mission of the 
College were submitted and the 
first awards were granted at 
Commencement in May. 




Marketing Professor Nancy Waldron 
was recognized for her creation of the 
College's first on-line graduate courses, 
for her coordination of the Connected 
Learning Symposium, and for her 
passion for teaching. 



For his tireless work to ensure the 
security and safety of the entire College 
community, Director of Lasell's 
Department of Public Safety Edward 
Conlin received the award from 
President Emeritus de Witt. 



Message from the President 




Michael B. Alexander. 

Dear Lasell Community, 

During our strategic planning process 
last year, we spent quite a bit of time 
discussing the identity of Lasell College. 
How do we want people in the world 
outside of Lasell to think about the 
College? What is the distinctive place 
that we could hold in the public mind 
that is not already owned by some other 
educational institution? 

As a community, we decided that the 
factor that separates us from other small 



colleges is the consistent application of 
our connected learning philosophy 
across all of our academic programs, 
even to the point of infusing that 
philosophy into every single course 
possible. Since we made that decision, 
we have been inventing different ways to 
express that central concept of a 
consistently applied educational 
philosophy. One way has been through 
the phrase you will see on the cover of 
the strategic plan, "Where the Classroom 
is the Real World." Through this phrase 
we mean to evoke the notion that we 
expect students to practice the academic 
work of the subject matter not only 
through internships, not only through 
service-learning, but also in the context 
of each and every course. 

Our Admission Office, in the 
preparation of their new promotional 
materials, has found an alternative 
way to express this same concept: 
"Experience Every Day." This phrase 
has the benefit and strength not only 
of being short but also of carrying an 
interesting double meaning. One can 
think of it in the context of, "We expect 
our students to gain experience every 
day" or one can think of it as 
"experiencing every day to its fullest," 
getting the most out of the opportunities 



that Lasell provides for a full and 
complete education for its students. 




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Even our newly-minted mission 

statement is built around this central 

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concept. The core of the mission 

statement says that Lasell College 

"integrates challenging course work 

with practical experience." This phrase 

constitutes a direct and simple 

declaration of what our educational 

philosophy comprises. This summer 

we've been putting the finishing 

touches on the application for a new 

degree program, a Master of Science in 

Communications. In reviewing one of 

our submissions recently, I came upon 

an explanation of connected learning, 

written by Vice President of Academic 

Affairs Jim Ostrow, that I think explains 

well what our connected learning 

philosophy is all about and why it 

makes a Lasell College education 

something special and something to 

be cherished. 

"Connected learning is a philosophy 
that underscores the belief that students 
learn best by doing the work of the 
field. This philosophy underlies all 
instructional activities at Lasell College. 
As a result, our students have the 
opportunity to practice and prepare for 



situations in their later professional 
lives through a project-based and 
problem-based approach to learning, 
through exposure to diverse cultures 
and peoples, through the development 
of critical skills such as writing and 
peaking in front of groups, and 
through confrontation with ethical 
and moral questions." 

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I would like to ask that every person in 
the broad Lasell community help spread 
the message contained in the preceding 
paragraph. It is the consistent and 
pervasive application of this educational 
philosophy that makes Lasell College 
distinctive among small colleges in 
America. If we work together to 
communicate and reinforce this concept 
in every way imaginable, it will help to 
raise Lasell College to the level of 
prominence that its recent achievements 
so richly deserve. 

Sincerely, 




Michael B. Alexander 
President 



Lasell College is pleased to announce the election of new 
members to its Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers 




Trustees 

Lemuel S. Lanier has 

had over 30 years 
experience in the 
areas of information 
technology, auditing, 
and accounting. As 
Vice President of Corporate Business 
Systems at the Gillette Company, he 
gave strategic direction and was in 
charge of IT business partner relations 
management for corporate entities 
including Finance, Human Resources, 
Corporate Communications, Legal, 
and Treasury. He championed a global 
IT reorganization, migrating from 
dispersed to centrally managed 
resources and, as director of Global 
Processes and Applications, he 
implemented simplified, consistent 
business process in conformity with 
strategic technologies. 

Mr. Lanier is a graduate of 
UMass/Amherst and received his 
Master of Science in Computer 
Information Systems from Bentiey 
College. Recently he served as an 
adjunct professor in Lasell's 
Undergraduate Business and Graduate 
Management Program. He has also 
received his Certified Public Accountant 




and Certified Information Systems 
Audit certificates. 

Jackie Hoffmeier Lee 

'68 is a Director of 
BigBad, Inc., an 
interactive media 
agency located in 
Boston that specializes 
in building large and 
complex websites for both the public 
and private sectors. In the past, she has 
offered her considerable skills to 
Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum 
Museum of Art, where she was group 
visit coordinator for five years, served as 
a docent for 14 years, and is now an 
honorary docent. Prior to working at 
the Atheneum, she was the manager 
of the Hartford Seminary Bookstore. 

Jackie is an alumna who understands 
the importance of giving back to one's 
college. In 1999, she became a member 
of the Annual Fund's Special Gifts 
Committee for the Lasell 150 Campaign 
and, in 2002, she was elected to the 
College's Board of Overseers which she 
served on until October 2008. Jackie 
has stayed in close touch with many of 
her classmates and has willingly served 
as the host for several Connecticut 
alumni events. 




John "Jack" Maguire 

P'09 is an academic 
trained in the 
scientific method. 
He introduced market 
research to the field of 
admissions when he became the Dean 
of Admissions at Boston College. 
There he created the first enrollment 
management model for the recruitment 
and retention of students and he tripled 
the number of applications and 
transformed the quality and national 
character of the student body. In 1983, 
he founded Maguire Associates, serving 
clients and contributing to the evolution 
of marketing in higher education. 

Mr. Maguire has authored numerous 
papers and has been featured in Money 
magazine, The Chronicle of Higher 
Education and NPR's "Talk of the 
Nation" and "Morning Edition." He 
has served as a trustee of the United 
Cerebral Palsy Association and The 
College Board. He holds a Ph.D. in 
theoretical physics from Boston College 
and received a post-doctoral fellowship 
from Rice University. 




Overseers 

Shirley Vara Gallerani 

'53 joined the Education 
faculty at Lasell in 1986 
and also served as the 
director of the Holway 
Child Study Center at 
Rockwell. She was responsible for 
establishing the second child study 
center at The Barn and then served as 
director of both centers. In 19 91, Shirley 
received the Lasell Medallion and was 
elected a Corporator in 2000. When 
Shirley retired in 1999, anonymous 
donors established the "Shirley Vara 
Gallerani '53 Teacher Fund" in her 
honor to recognize the teachers at 
The Barn. 

After her graduation from Lasell, 
Shirley earned her B.S. from 
Framingham State College and a Master 
of Science in Management from Lesley 
University. She is currently president of 
the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary and is 
past president of the Falmouth 
Newcomers Club. 

continued on page 3 



2 Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2008 



Commencement 



College Grants 281 Degrees at 154th Commencement 

Talbot's Inc. CEO, Trudy Sullivan, 
Speaks to Graduates 



President Emeritus 



Trudy F. Sullivan, the retailing and 
merchandising expert who serves as the 
CEO of The Talbot's Inc., gave her very 
own blueprint for success at May's 
commencement ceremony. "Whatever 
your passion, go after it with wild 
abandon. Dare to think big. Don't ever 
feel you're locked into one career path. 
Don't be afraid to move outside your 
comfort zone," she said, connecting 
with her listeners with her easy, 
conversational speaking style. 

She quoted Abigail Adams, wife of the 
second President of the United States, 
in a letter she sent her husband during 
the tense, pre-revolution fall of 1776, 
in which she said, "Don't let your fears 
betray your hopes." 

Said Sullivan, "When a great opportunity 
comes along, but you think it might be 
a bit beyond your skill set or experience 
level — don't let your fears betray 
your hopes. 

"If you're dissatisfied with your situation 
but are tempted to stay for the steady 
paycheck or because the work is easy — 
don't let your fears betray your hopes. 




Trudy Sullivan addresses the soon-to-he 
graduates. 

"And if you find yourself reluctant to 
volunteer for a high profile assignment 
because there's a risk of public failure 
— don't let your fears betray your hopes. 

"Even if you think you've got your career 
all mapped out, don't be surprised if 
every once in a while life throws you a 
curveball. It's bound to happen. And 
when it does, be grateful — even if the 
curve ball brings disappointment or 
pain — because you've just been given 
an invitation to learn." 

Trudy Sullivan was awarded an honorary 
doctor of humane letters degree. ^ 




New Board Members Elected 

continued from page 2 

Patricia Torbron 
Geoghegan '68 is the 

owner of European 
Manor, Inc., a home 
furnishings company 
in Wellesley, MA. 
Long interested in 
retail, she gained experience at Filenes, 
a division of May Company. There she 
became a Human Resource Specialist 
after serving as a department manager 
and assistant buyer. While at Lasell, 
she was awarded Outstanding Retail 
Student and after graduation she 
worked directly with Lasell Retailing 
Professor Charles Barry at Grover 
Cronin, Inc. in Waltham, MA. She 
received her B.A. in Psychology from 
Ohio State University, graduating 
summa cum laude. 

NTamara Bettcher 
Walker '78, P'10 
received her nursing 
degree from 
Massachusetts 
General Hospital 
and worked in the 
Endocrinology Department for Lahey 
Clinic Medical Center before moving 
to Middlebury, CT. She then worked 



for the Women's Health and Wellness 
Center in Cheshire, CT. A graduate 
of Westover School, she became 
the Director of its Annual Fund and 
during her six years there she was 
able to increase the Fund from 
$650,000 to the school's first 
Million Dollar Annual Fund. 

Tami is currentiy a member and a 
past president of the Junior League 
of greater Waterbury and is a member 
of the Waterbury Hospital Auxiliary. 
She also serves on the Elisha 
Leavenworth Foundation in Waterbury 
and is working on the centennial 
committee for Westover's 2009-10 
Centennial Celebration. 

Tami and her husband Tom have 
three children: two sons and a 
daughter, Caitlyn, who is a Sport 
Management major at Lasell and 
will graduate in 2010. 




For his extraordinary leadership, vision, and service to the College, Board of Trustees 
Chairman Eric Turner confers the designation of President Emeritus of Lasell College to 
Thomas E.J. de Witt. 





For her p years of dedication and tireless 
work, Vice President for Business and 
Finance Elizabeth Shurtleff Winter '70 
was presented an honorary doctor of 
humane letters degree. She recently 
accepted the position of Chief Financial 
Officer at Packer Collegiate Institute in 
Brooklyn, NY. 



Under the auspices of the Center for 
Spiritual Life, Lasell reinstituted the 
tradition of Baccalaureate Service as part 
of Commencement Weekend. Families and 
graduates filled Yamawaki Auditorium for 
a program that combined music, readings, 
and a ceremony of light. Stephanie Kana 
'08 made the graduate address. 



Board of Overseers Votes 
in New Executive Team 



I he Board of Overseers was 
established in 1991 to support Lasell 
College, the Board of Trustees and 
senior management, in the 
advancement of the school's 
educational mission with advice, 
expertise and resources. Overseers 
also serve as ambassadors of the 
College, providing a link to the 
broader community. 

In 2004, the Committee on Trustees 
determined that the Board of 
Overseers could play a more integral 
role in the life of the College. To that 
end, for the first time in its history, 
the Overseers would elect officers, 
undertake a strategic planning 
process, and take on a specific 
initiative known as "Friendraising to 
Fundraising." This included a series 



of events entitled "Life After Lasell" 
targeted to graduating students to 
encourage them to stay connected 
to the College as alumni. 

The first executive team was comprised 
of Chairman Robin Parry, Vice 
Chairman Helena Bentz Hartnett and 
Secretary Jackie Hoffmeier Lee '68. 
Their terms, intended to be two years, 
continued until their meeting this June. 
The new executive team, to take the 
helm in October, will be Patricia Beck 
Bishop '97 as chairman, Roger 
Moulton as vice chairman, and Joan 
Conradi McLaughlin '59 as secretary. 
Robin and her team certainly raised 
the bar and made significant progress 
during their tenure. They now look 
to Patti, Roger, and Joan to carry on 
this important undertaking. '^' 



Fall 2008 



Lasell Leaves "\ 



Connected Learning 



First Service Trip to Nicaragua 



Providing Library Services and Community Outreach 




(L to R) Camille Gilman '08, Dan Iks '08, 
and Georges Fadel '08 talk with a teacher at 
a rural school. 



Books are a rare commodity in 
Nicaragua but in 2002, with the 
establishment of the San Juan del 
Sur Biblioteca Movil, the first free 
public lending library in the country, 
local people began to have access to 
precious reading materials. Eight Lasell 
students and three faculty members 
traveled to this small coastal town last 
May to volunteer their services and 
help provide books to both children 
and adults. 

The group spent most of their time at 
the Biblioteca and its Proyecto Movil, 
which takes buckets of books by truck 



out to 30 remote areas in the 
surrounding community three days a 
week, visiting three towns each time. 
"This means that locations are probably 
only visited once a month," says Dan 
lies '08. "Both the children and the 
adults have library cards and after they 
return their books they fish through the 
bins to find a new one. There is a real 
excitement in the air." 

"I was so impressed with how well 
behaved the children were as they 
flooded towards the books," recalls 
Kristen Augenfeld '10. "I'm a Fashion 
Design major, so I volunteered to help 
measure the youngsters for their school 
uniforms. No matter how poor the 
families are, the students all come to 
school in uniforms and the clothing 
gives them a sense of belonging." 

Dan and Kristen spent one day helping 
ten girls in their late teens with their 
English language skills. "As we talked to 
them we learned a bit of what their life 
is like," recalls Kristen. "We take so 
much for granted. For them, commuting 
to school can be a huge problem, many 
of them can't afford lunch and the 
teachers, not the school system, are 




(Back row, L to R) Georges Fadel '08, Professor Stephanie Athey, Joey Bitzer '09, Jessica 
Vivona '09, Ivan Gonzalez-Marie '09, (Front row, L to R) Librarian Lydia Pittman, Dan 
lies '08, Camille Gilman '08, Chelsea Comeau '08, Professor Sarahbeth Golden, and 
Kristen Augenfeld '10 sit behind the pile of gravel they carefully sifted for use in water filters. 



responsible for providing class supplies. 
It takes an extraordinary amount of 
self-motivation on everyone's part." 

The unexpected usually happens, and 
on this trip it came in the form of a 
Category One hurricane. "There was an 
amazing amount of rain and wind," 
recalls Dan. "There were waterfalls 
running off the hill in town and the 
houses, which are open, were 



completely flooded. We were hoping to 
work that day, but there was no way." 

"Looking back, I think that what struck 
me most about our experience was the 
fact that the library even exists," he says. 
"Six years ago there was nothing and 
now the children are proudly coming 
in with their library cards. It was a 
privilege to be even a small part of 
this endeavor." 'ft 



Creative Teaching 



Learning Accounting by Playing Monopoly 



The first requirement in my Financial 
Accounting class is to "HAVE FUN!" 
says Professor Rick Frederics. "I began 
incorporating the game of Monopoly 
into my class about six years ago and 
I've found that if students are engaged 
they will learn. As one of them said to 
me, 'Who ever thought that little plastic 
pieces and a game board could teach 
me how to be an accountant?'" 



Professor Frederics first heard about 
the concept of using Monopoly at a 
conference and it. intrigued him. 
He went home, bought the game, 
and decided to try it out on his family. 
"I used them as guinea pigs," he laughs. 
"I thought if I can teach them, I can use 
it to teach students." 

The class is not all fun and games. The 
students work hard. Before they get to 













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and Sarah Hodge '08 hard at work around the Monopoly board. 



Monopoly they spend time learning the 
fundamentals of accounting and once 
they begin the game, passing Go and 
avoiding Jail, they are tested on a 
regular basis. At the end of the 
semester, they must hand in journals, 
T-accounts, cash proofs, income 
statements, and more. 

Fashion and Retail Merchandising 
major Jenna Roy '08 was surprised by 
her reaction to the course. "It was a 
requirement and I had actually started 
to take it before with a different teacher 
and dropped it. I wasn't optimistic about 
my second attempt, particularly since 
I thought I hated Monopoly and had 
never completed a full game," she says. 
"But it certainly worked — when I was 
at home I was able to help with my 
family's store's books. My mother 
was astounded." 

Leah Robinson '08 was equally reticent 
about taking the class. "I had put off 
enrolling for three years but I fell in 
love with it. So much so that now I want 
to pursue an M.B.A. 

"It became more than a game," she 
continues. "I was playing to win. It took 



on a life of its own! I was so competitive 
that I was nicknamed 'Game Girl.' It 
was also a lot of work. We played for five 
weeks and had to go around the board 
12 times, each time representing a 
month in the year. At the end we had to 
put together a full set of financial 
statements. If you didn't keep up you 
were in real trouble." 

In March 2008, Professor Frederics was 
nominated and selected to attend a 
Principles of Accounting Symposium in 
Las Vegas to discuss innovations in 
teaching. He was joined by 22 other 
faculty from across the country and they 
discussed different strategies. After 
hearing about Monopoly, a tax professor 
from Iowa decided to try using the 
game Life in her class. "She told me she 
would have never thought of it," recalls 
Professor Frederics. 

Professor Frederics now asks some of 
his topnotch students to be facilitators, 
many of whom are not Business majors. 
"I want my students to leave Lasell 
with a solid accounting foundation, 
remembering what a good time 
they had," he says, 'ft 



A Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2008 



Connected Learning 



Alternative Spring Break Educates and Challenges 



Students Volunteer to Help those Impacted by HIV and AIDS 




Laura Notarangelo 'og with her $1000 award. 



Zero million oared of HIV and 
AIDS. This is a statistic that brought up 
short everyone who traveled to volunteer 
at Vital Bridges in Chicago on this year's 
Alternative Spring Break (ASB)," recalls 
Erica Desautels '09. "There is no cure 
but there are ways of raising awareness 
that can lead to prevention. Over the 
week we heard speakers who were 
incredibly inspiring and also worked at 
the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 
We put in long hours, learned an 
enormous amount, and returned to 
Lasell with a mission to motivate and 
educate the community." 

Vital Bridges is a multi-service 
organization that brings food, housing 
assistance, nutrition counseling, case 
management, and educational services 
to those impacted by HIV and AIDS. 
The program was selected by LaseU's 
Center for Community-Based Learning 
at the suggestion of Erica, Donna 
Mclntyre '08 and Laura Notarangelo 
'09, who had all taken Biology Professor 
Stephen Sarikas's Honors seminar, 
"AIDS in America," during the fall 2007 
semester and were inspired to do 
something to assist those impacted 
by the virus. 

Ten students were selected to go on this 
year's ASB and the group met five times 



before their departure to talk and learn 
about HIV and AIDS. They also 
did campus outreach by assembling 
bags for "A Hug, a Kiss and a 
Condom" which they passed out 
on Valentine's Day. 

The group was responsible for raising 
money to cover their expenses and 
they got a leg up when Laura took 
the initiative to enter an essay in the 
AlterEdu Alternative Spring Break 
Competition. She was one of five 
students from colleges across the 
country who was awarded $1,000 
for travel expenses. 



At Vital Bridges, the group met with 
Todd Williams, the Community 
Outreach Manager. "He organized our 
days in Chicago and spent an enormous 
amount of time with us, sharing his 
experiences. It's a very emotional issue 
and he helped us process it all," says 
Student Programs Coordinator 
Melissa Martin. 

The Lasell team spent two days working 
at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, 
which provides food for over 600 
agencies in the Chicago area. "The first 
day some of us sorted bread while 
others of us bagged rice," recalls Laura. 
"On our second day we put together 







1 The real story is the selfless devotion of people like yourselves, who are willing 


to donate their time to make positive changes. It takes courage, 


generosity, 


and extreme compassion to volunteer for such an important cause. 


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The entire ASB group. (Front row L to R) Brittany Holmes '11, Donna Mclntyre '08, 
co-founder of Vital Bridges Laurie Cannon, Erica Desautels 'og and Student Programs 
Coordinator Melissa Martin. (Second Row L to R) fessica Kuczwara '10, Katherine 
Millette 'og, Laura Notarangelo 'og, Nyndia Dilligent '08, Kyley Dolan '11, Rachel 
Sachs '10, Katelyn Hammond 'og, and Americorps*VISTA Jessica Hill. 



Nyndia Diligent '08 and Vista Volunteer 
Jessica Hill proudly display their bags of rice. 



healthy snack bags for their Nutrition 
for Knowledge program. We got extra 
satisfaction because Vital Bridges 
received a food credit for the hours we 
spent there, so it was a nice circle." 

"Our most powerful and inspirational 
experience was spent at BEHIV (Better 
Existence with HIV)," recalls Melissa. 
"We went there for a workshop on how 
to talk to college students about HIV 
and we were introduced to Leigh, a 
woman who has had the virus for 23 
years. She talked to us about how 
HIV/ AIDS has affected her life — 
her need to take over 30 pills a day and 
her inability to take a job, in spite of 
having a Masters degree, because she 
needs to qualify for Medicare. There 
was no sugarcoating." 

"When we left BEHIV, we were 
emotionally drained," concurs Kyley 
Dolan 'n. "We needed to take a deep 
breath but the day stayed with us for a 
long time." 

"The trip pushed us outside of our 
comfort level," says Donna. "For me, 
having taken Professor Sarikas' class, 
I experienced an interest that grew 
into a passion and the trip to Chicago 
reinforced the fact that service deepens 
academic learning." ^ 



Commitment to Teaching Recognized 

continued from page 1 



significant contribution to the overall 
Lasell community. 

Dr. Sarikas came to Lasell in 1989. He 
has been an outstanding faculty leader 
since that time and, among other 
responsibilities, he has served for three 
years as Chair of the Science 
Department. As one peer observer put 
it, "Steve has proven himself to be a 
master — committed to both excellence, 
innovation in such areas as service- 



learning and Honors project 
development, and continuous 
improvement through reflection." 

"I am profoundly grateful to Robert and 
Joan Weiler Arnow for their generous 
and unending support of the faculty at 
Lasell," says Professor Sarikas. "I am 
deeply honored to be the fifth recipient 
of the Professorship. Many of my 
colleagues, who have outstanding 
records of excellence and innovation as 



teachers and scholars, are deserving of 
this award, so I am indeed humbled by 
the singular recognition." 

One of his principal objectives as Arnow 
Scholar will be to analyze and publish a 
multi-year study of AIDS awareness 
among college students. He will also 
be working on the third edition of his 
Laboratory Investigations in Anatomy e[ 
Physiology, which was first published in 
2006. For both of these projects, he is 



committed to providing undergraduate 
research opportunities by recruiting 
eligible students to serve as research 
assistants and to write research papers 
and laboratory activities that will be 
peer-reviewed and published. '« 



Fall 2008 



Lasell Leaves 5 



Connected Learning 



Sharing Projects and Research 

Nine Students Present at Honors Conference 



Lasell's Honors program fosters 
independent thinkers who are 
intellectually curious, characteristics 
that were exemplified by the nine 
representatives of the program who 
traveled to Morristown, NJ for the 
Northeast Regional Honors Conference. 
They came from the senior to the 
freshman class and from many different 
majors, but all were leaders. 

A variety of topics were covered: two 
students who participated in the 2008 
Shoulder to Shoulder Mexico program, 
Molly Fawcett '09 and Ivan Gonzalez 
'09. talked about foreign volunteer work 
and poverty in Mexico respectively; 
Allison Martin '08 and Kayla McKenna 
'09 discussed campus environmental 
issues; Erica Desautels '09 and Donna 
Mclntyre '08 spoke on "Revolutionizing 
College HIV/AIDS Awareness" (see 
story below); Christina Garafalo '10 



examined prisoner education; Laura 
Notarangelo '09 analyzed genderlect, 
the difference in communication 
behaviors between males and females; 
and Stephanie Ballou 'n (see story 
below) talked about the dangerous 
consequences of body image issues. 

"All of the different presentations 
resulted in an engaging forum with 
remarkable feedback," says Honors 
Program Director Stephanie Athey, 
Ph.D. "Lasell students were able to 
handle challenging questions that were 
asked by members of the audience, 
several of whom were professionals 
with in-depth experiences on the 
various topics." It 




The Lasell participants at the Honors Conference were (back row, L to R) Ivan Gonzalez 'ocj, 
Stephanie Ballou '11, Christina Garofalo '10, Molly Fawcett '09, Alii Martin '08, (front row) 
Kayala McKenna '09, Laura Notarangelo '09, Donna Mclntyre '08, and Erica Desautels 'og. 



Promoting Healthy Standards 

Honors Conference Presentation 
Focuses on Body Image 



Children and adolescents today are 
being infected by the media's ideal of 
what the perfect body type should be," 
says Stephanie Ballou 'n "and, for most, 
if s an impossible goal to reach. I used to 
be a dance teacher and a cheerleading 
coach, so I'm familiar with the 
unhealthy consequences of trying to 
attain the 'ideal' physique. When I 
decided to do an Honors component for 
my Introduction to Sociology class last 
fall, I knew I wanted to research what I 
called 'The Ultimate Advertisement: 
Dangerous Consequences of Body 
Image Issues.'" 

What Stephanie discovered is that 
children as young as fourth and fifth 
graders, who have no real world 
experience, are already affected by TV 
advertisements. Even the toys they play 
with send the wrong message. "Barbie's 
dimensions are not physically possible 
and GI Joe's bicep is bigger than 
Barbie's waist. We usually think of 
females being trapped by an image 
problem, but males are just as 
vulnerable today — the use of steroids 
to produce muscle and tone is an 
example," she says. 

Stephanie did discover a few signs of the 
media pulling back. "Oprah is a celebrity 
who serves as a fabulous role model and 
Seventeen Magazine has shifted its 




Stephanie Ballou '11. 

stance, now promoting healthy eating 
and saying that it's unrealistic for teens 
to try to be impossibly skinny. It's 
important for a different message to 
be put out there." 

When Stephanie learned about the 
Northeast Regional Honors Conference 
she saw it as an opportunity to present 
her Honors paper. She applied to be a 
Lasell representative and was the only 
freshman accepted. "I thought making a 
12 minute presentation would be nerve 
wracking but it's a topic that I'm 
passionate about. All the upperclassmen 
were so supportive of me. I put myself 
out there, they gave me confidence, and 
I grew from the experience." W 



Raising Awareness 

Honors Students Conduct Campus 
HIV/AIDS Survey 



MlV and AIDS are no longer front 
page news stories, but this doesn't mean 
that the infection rate, particularly 
among college students, is going 
down," says Erica Desautels '09. "Those 
of us who were enrolled in Professor 
Stephen Sarikas' Honors seminar titled 
"AIDS in America" learned the facts 
about this disease and as we absorbed 
the information about the biology of 
the virus and the methods of its 
transmission we wondered what the 
rest of the Lasell student body knew. 
And so, as a class project, we conducted 
a survey with the hopes of using what 
we gathered as a basis for educating the 
campus, particularly on ways to stay 
safe and healthy." 

The most significant result of the survey 
was that over 95% of the students who 
participated thought they were not at 
high risk for contracting the disease. 
"Their attitude seemed to be, AIDS 
doesn't happen to me,'" says Donna 
Mclntyre '09. "It's hard to reach 
out to students if they feel that they 
are invincible." 

Erica and Donna decided to use the 
class survey and expand it. "We wanted 
to learn what other colleges have done 
to make their campuses safe and we 
were offered the chance to present our 
research at the Northeast Regional 
Honors Conference (see story above)," 




To raise awareness, students prepared "A 
Hug, A Kiss, and a Condom" packets to 
distribute on campus on Valentine's Day. 



says Donna. "It was an opportunity to 
talk to our peers about how college 
AIDS awareness has grown too slowly 
and the importance of moving forward." 

Ways in which to educate the Lasell 
student body was one of the focus 
points of the College's Alternative 
Spring Break (ASB) trip to Vital Bridges 
in Chicago (see story p. 5). "The results 
of our survey and our experiences 
during ASB have shown us how 
important it is to talk to students about 
being safe via programs, activities, 
posters and more," says Erica. "With 
nearly half of the new infections in the 
United States occurring in people aged 
13-24 it is urgent that we change old 
habits and thoughts." 'if 



Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2008 



Connected Learning 



Leadership and Social Action 

Sophomore Honors Class Discovers How Service Is Transforming 



I wanted to offer a course that 
explores the relationship between 
individual and community, particularly 
focusing on how our perspectives form 
and can change, perhaps dramatically, 
through contact with others," says Vice 
President for Academic Affairs and 
Sociology Professor Jim Ostrow. 
"Service-learning is something I'm 
passionate about and have been 
involved with for a number of years. 
My hope was that the sophomores in 
Honors 205, through reading, class 
room discussion, community service 
work, and constant reflective writing 
would discover some things about 
human perspectives, community, 
and solutions to social problems." 

"Professors Ostrow and Thompson said 
to us, 'This is your class, you need to 
run it, find a way to reach out to the 
community,'" says Natalie Thomas '10. 
"When we started some of us were 
skeptical, but at the end we all came 
away with new understandings." 

Carole Thompson, community program 
director of The Second Step, which 
provides transitional housing and 
supportive services for survivors of 
domestic violence and their children, 
co-taught the class and suggested the 
students get in touch with the 
Middlesex Human Service Agency. The 
class learned about Sandra's Lodge, an 
emergency intake family shelter that 



provides temporary housing for 
homeless single mothers and their 
families, and decided to volunteer there. 
Most of the students were at Warren 
Hall, one of the affiliated sites of 
Sandra's Lodge. 

Everyone in the class worked with the 
young children, except for Jessica Potts 
'10, who spent her time with the 
mothers. "I went every Wednesday and 
was in the children's playroom," recalls 
Natalie. "They were from just walking to 
six years of age. It was difficult to plan 
activities because they were all at such 
different stages, but I was impressed by 
how resilient they were and how much 
they enjoyed a hug. 

"Working at Warren Hall made me 
understand homelessness and how 
important it is for these families to have 
their own community and a place to 
live. It was vital for them on their 
journey to finding their own homes," 
she continues. 

Jessica decided to be with the mothers 
because she had worked with children 
before but never with adults. "I didn't 
know what I'd have to offer the women 
but I felt that having an outlet is very 
important during traumatic times so 
I organized different projects. But, I 
wanted it to be collaborative. The 
women would decide what they wanted 
to do and I would make a schedule and 




(L to R) Jessica Potts '10, Natalie Thomas '10, Kaitlin Harris '10, Dustin Foster '10, and 
Villager Lis Drake share a lighter moment in their classroom, discussion. 



bring materials. It was casual. The idea 
was for them to feel comfortable, to 
relax, and to have fun." she says. 

Jessica continued her work at Warren 
Hall all through June to follow up with 
painting and planting. "The building 
hasn't had much visual rejuvenation," 
she explains, "and I wanted to make it a 
more pleasant space because I feel that 
environment has an undeniable impact 
on the experience of these families." 
Jessica did a lot of physical labor and 
she continues to look for funding to 
complete her projects. 

At the end of the semester, the class 
reflected back on what they had learned 
and how they got to this point. "At the 
beginning I didn't know what 



community meant," says Jessica, "but 
all the different components of the class 
brought me to an understanding. I 
loved our text, The Impossible Will Take a 
While, edited by Paul Loeb, and we 
had speakers come whose stories 
of homelessness were incredibly 
impactful, including two Villagers, Lis 
Drake and Hilma Unterberger, who 
shared their life experiences and who 
ended up joining our class (see story 
below). We all connected and it was 
interactive. I didn't realize how 
passionate I would become and I 
know we all felt empowered by 
our experience." "W 



Connections 

Two Villagers Share Their Stories with Honors 205 Class 



I remember arriving at a class 
Professor Joe Aieta was running at the 
College and seeing a new face," recalls 
Villager Hilma Unterberger. "We started 
talking and then the woman casually 
announced, 'I'm dressed for prison.' 
My antennae began to tingle. For some 
reason I asked, 'Have you ever heard 
of CASPAR (Cambridge and Somerville 
Program for Alcoholism Rehabilitation) 
and she replied, 'I have stayed at 
their shelter.'" 

Hilma, a psychologist, spent 40 years 
working in mental health. Thirty of 
them were in the field of alcoholism 
and she was responsible for developing 
CASPAR. Lis Drake is a recovering 
alcoholic who is a chemical engineer 
with a Ph.D. from M.I.T In retirement, 
she continues to teach there and does 
volunteer work, including bringing 
some recovery meetings into a prison. 
"I credit Hilma, CASPAR, and others 
for saving my life," she says. The two 
have become close friends. 




(L to R) Friends Lis Drake and Hilma Unterberger. 



Both women became involved with the 
Newton Human Service Providers 
Network and, while attending the 
group's spring conference, they met 
Carole Thompson, who co-taught 
Honors 205 with Vice President for 
Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow. As they 
talked and Carole heard their stories, she 



asked them if they would be interested 
in speaking to the class. "Lis is so down 
to earth and talks openly about her 
experiences while Hilma understands 
how a person can be crippled and still 
find recovery. Their decision to not only 
speak but actually join the class provided 
a rich element to the learning 



environment and was an example of 
how much can come from weaving the 
Village into the campus community." 

The two entered into the discussions 
about the women of Warren House 
and how alcoholism is a factor in 
homelessness. "The idea of community 
and service is a powerful part of 
recovery and healing from all sorts of 
mental discomforts," says Lis. "It was 
amazing to get to know the students 
and to be part of the strong service 
ethic at the College." 

"We were all inspired by Lis and 
Hilma's special friendship that teaches 
the value of taking action," says Carole. 
"These two women, each having 
traveled different paths, each having 
lived a fascinating life with a multitude 
of challenges and choices, became 
bonded by the intersection of their 
stories which the class was lucky 
enough to hear and reflect on." '¥ 



Fall 2008 



Lasell Leaves 7 






Connected Learning 



Lasell Receives $20,000 Grant to Initiate Program 

ACES Educates 5th and 6th Graders 
on the Value of a College Education 



Fifth and sixth graders' minds are 
wide open to ideas and the ACES 
(Awareness, Confidence, Education, 
Success) Program taps into this 
inquisitiveness in order to bring 
into focus the possibilities and the 
opportunities a college education 
offers. The program is the result of a 
partnership between Lasell' s Center for 
Community-Based Learning and the 
Boston Renaissance Charter Public 
School (BRCPS), Massachusetts' largest 
public school with students from pre- 
kindergarten through sixth grade. 
Ninety-nine percent of those enrolled 
are from a minority population and 74 
percent are from low-income families. 

"Jessica Dugan, the director of Partner 
Relationships at Boston Renaissance, 
and I have worked together for several 
years through the America Reads and 
America Counts tutoring programs. We 
repeatedly discussed the fact that the 
majority of the parents of BRCPS 
students never attended college so there 
is little or no knowledge of what it takes 
to get to there," says Director of the 
Center for Community-Based Learning 
Sharyn Lowenstein. "We wanted to 
educate both the parents and the 
children about the process and the 
value of a college education so we 
decided to submit a detailed proposal 
for the ACES project to the College 
Board Greenhouse Program and were 
thrilled when we received $20,000." 

Laura Cressotti was the ACES project 
director for 2007-2008 and really got 
the program rolling. "I had a core of 15 
students who were heavily involved, 
took on leadership roles, and made it all 
happen," says Laura. "They ran in-class 
and afterschool workshops at BRCPS, 
organized full-day and half-day class 




Mathematics Professor Neil Hatem works 
with a young ACES student. 

visits to Lasell, put together a College 
Night for the parents and children, and 
saw that students who needed extra help 
got it through the America Reads and 
America Counts programs." 

For the BRCPS workshops, the Lasell 
students created lesson plans and 
had the children research topics and 
make displays. "One fun project asked 
the young students to invent their 
own colleges," recalls Laura. "They had 
a great time drawing campus maps 
and deciding what type of classes would 
be held." 

"ACES gave the Lasell students involved 
the chance to apply to a real world 
situation the communication and 
leadership skills that they have acquired 
and the values they have developed in 
the classroom," says Professor 
Lowenstein. "And four students, 
Andrew Mayer '11, Seth Mantie '10, 
Jessica Olivier '08, and Donna 
Mclntyre '08 took their experiences 
off-campus, making an hour and a half 
presentation, titled 'Equal Expectations, 
Equal Access: Early College Awareness,' 
on their ACES experiences at the 
national IMPACT Conference at 
Northeastern University." W 




Moving Beyond Book Learning 

Psychology Students Opt for 
Service-Learning Component 



Pour students in Psychology Professor 
Sidney Trantham's Abnormal Child 
Development class took the opportunity 
to learn outside of the box during last 
spring semester by selecting a 20 
hour service-learning component at 
the Newton Parks and Recreation 
Department. "Part of the purpose of 
this service-learning project was to give 
students an opportunity to understand 
material in the text and from the course 
in a new way, and to deepen their 
knowledge," he says. "They worked 
with adolescents and adults who have 



Rachel Craft '09, Amanda Esposito '09, 
and Jamie Kelley '09 are all specializing 
in elementary education so being with 
this adult population was something 
new for them as well. "I never have 
given much thought about what happens 
after high school," says Rachel, "and I 
found that I really liked working with 
adults and would like to do more of it in 
the future." 

Allie has had coaching experience with 
elementary and middle schoolers and 
it was interesting for her to see how 




(L to R) Jamie Kelley 'og and Allie Cammarata '09 go howling with two of their new friends. 



ACES students and their Lasell mentors gather on the steps before a campus tour. 



chronic cognitive, emotional, and 
behavioral impairments and they will 
be the first to admit that the experience 
broadened their horizons and 
challenged their preconceptions about 
people with such impairments." 

The program the Lasell students 
worked in was recreation-based and 
they became particularly involved with 
the basketball and track programs. 
Some of the participants were higher 
functioning than others, but what the 
students discovered was that they all 
helped each other out and were very 
appreciative of the time the Lasell 
group spent with them. 

"I worked with infants and toddlers 
at the Perkins School for the Blind," 
explains Allie Cammarata '09 who is 
an Interdisciplinary Studies major, "but 
I've never worked with adults before. 
At Perkins, the kids have an enormous 
amount of energy and you have to be 
with them every minute. At Newton 
Parks they have verbal skills and 
they don't want to be treated as if 
they are five. I had to develop new 
communication skills and learn 
to work with a broader age range." 



important in-depth instruction and the 
modeling of good behavior was to the 
group they were working with. "They 
were practicing for the summer track 
and field games at Harvard in June and 
they were all very conscious of rules and 
their consequences. They knew they had 
to stay in their lanes and they were 
concentrating all the time. 

"If it's a team sport they make sure they 
split everyone up evenly. They don't pick 
the best first and they make sure to pass 
the ball to everyone, not just to the most 
skilled person. We can learn a lot from 
their behavior." 

"They love playing basketball against 
Newton North High School," recalls 
Jamie. "They say, 'Don't play us easy!' 
and they always want to end a game with 
a tie. That way it's a positive experience 
for both teams." 

"Having these Lasell students made a 
big difference to the quality of our 
program," says Newton Parks Special 
Needs Coordinator Mark Kelly. "We 
depend on volunteers and we have 
found a great partner in Lasell." » 



8 



Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2008 



Connected Learning 



Learning Together 

Through Compafieros de Conversation Students Become Teachers 



Vf hat better way to serve the 
community than to help some of our 
own better themselves?" asks 
Compafieros de Conversation 
participant Cody Jones 'n. The program 
began as part of Sociology Professor 
Jenifer Drew's fall 2007 freshman 
Honors Colloquium class where 11 
students met with 19 Spanish-speaking 
Lasell employees and they studied 
together to take the workers' language 
skills to the next level. 




(L to R) Evelin Fuentes and Melanie Costa 
'11 have formed a successful conversation 
partnership. 



"I was inspired by Nifios de Veracruz, 
Lasell's student-run charity that 
supports children's education in 
Veracruz, Mexico, and our Shoulder to 
Shoulder Program to Mexico," explains 
Professor Drew. "I wanted to expand the 
notion of thinking globally and working 
locally. With limited English speaking 
ability, Lasell's housekeeping and 
cafeteria workers are invisible people 
and, as a sociologist, I saw the need to 
make them visible. Their success as 
immigrants is directly tied to their 
language skills." 

Professor Drew and MACC 
Americorps* Vista volunteer Jessica 
Hill worked closely with the former 
General Manager of Sodexo Food 
Service Linda Davey and Director of 
Environmental Services/Sodexo 
Salvatore Natale, who are both very 
supportive of the program. Before 
coming to Lasell, Jessica had spent time 
in Thailand where she tutored Thai 
monks in conversational English. 
"I know how hard it is to try and 



speak," she says. "You have to push 
yourself out of your comfort zone." 

Last fall, Cody met with Jose, who 
works in the College cafeteria, twice a 
week and the two concentrated on 
improving Jose's English. "Week after 
week I showed up and could see Jose's 
improvement. He learned all of the 
colors, and could count up to 30 — 
feats that seemed near impossible when 
we began," recalls Cody. 

Because of Jose's hard work and 
motivation, his language skills 
improved so much that he was able to 
move to a higher cafeteria position 
and became a substitute at the cashier's 
desk. "He is trying to save money and 
it is very rewarding to know that for 
no cost Jose has learned a language 
that is helping him advance at work," 
says Cody. 

In order for the program to continue 
the second semester, the Center for 
Community-Based Learning offered the 



ESL tutoring as a linked credit and this 
enableed Cody and Melanie Costa 'n 
to keep up their teaching sessions. 
Melanie and Evelin Fuentes became a 
real working pair, with Evelin making 
tremendous strides. "For me, to learn 
English is very important in my whole 
life because I feel confident when I 
need to communicate with others and I 
feel free to ask questions," she explains. 

This fall, Professor Drew, with Melanie 
as the class peer mentor, is again 
teaching a First Year Seminar in which 
the students will be working with the 
College's Spanish-speaking employees. 
"We make no pretense that we are 
official ESL teachers," says Professor 
Drew, "but we learned from last year's 
experience and have redesigned and 
improved our tools. What we do know 
is that we are breaking down cultural 
barriers and making a real community 
at Lasell." W 



Taking Advantage of It All 

Rachel Craft '09 Explores the Many Opportunities at Lasell 



wi hen I arrived at Lasell I wasn't 
going to take on any extra activities, 
but that certainly hasn't proved to be 
the case," laughs Rachel Craft '09. 
After holding back initially her 
freshman year, Rachel decided that 
she worked better under pressure. 
"I began exploring the variety of 
opportunities that exist at Lasell and 
I know that by working closely with 
faculty members, particularly my 
advisor Professor Catherine Zeek, many 
doors were opened for me. When I 
would suggest ideas, they would help 
me get them done." 

With a musical bent, she joined the 
College's jazz ensemble and chorus 
and during her sophomore year began 
acting. With the assistance of Professors 
Richard Bath, Steven Fischer, and 
Hortense Gerardo, she and other 
students re-established the Lasell 
Workshop Players and drama appeared 
on campus. 

A member of Lasell's Honors program, 
Rachel was also accepted into the first 
year Emerging Leaders class. "There 
were only 12 of us and we discussed not 
only how to be a good leader but also 
how to recognize people's special 
qualities and encourage them to use 
them for the benefit of others," she 
explains. She used her leadership 



talents by becoming a member of 
the orientation staff and is now a 
Resident Assistant. 

Rachel entered Lasell as an Elementary 
Education major. "I have been so lucky 
to have Professor Zeek as my advisor. 
She has been incredibly supportive and 
helped me with my requirements. 
When I passed my first Massachusetts 
Test for Educator's License (MTEL) 
exam at the end of sophomore year, 
she called to tell me and was just as 
excited as I was. 

"I told her freshman year that I would 
like to study abroad and she helped me 
with the whole process. It's difficult for 
an Education major to take the time 
away, but she made it work and she 
suggested American Intercontinental 
University (AIU) in London, knowing 
that Lasell has a close relationship with 
them. I was very fortunate to be able to 
spend last fall there." 

The classes Rachel took all made use 
of the London locale. "I signed up for 
a survey of British museums, a history 
of theatre class, and British Literature. 
None of them really took place in the 
classroom. We were out seeing the 
settings described in the English novels 
or visiting museums and looking at art. 




Rachel Craft 'og makes the story come alive as she reads to some young students. 



I wasn't learning from a book and it 
was exciting." 

Because of the difficulty of passing the 
next series of MTEL exams, Rachel took 
a variety of classes upon her return so 
that she would have the flexibility to 
graduate as either an Education or 
Humanities major. "I wouldn't have 
been able to take theses classes if I was 
an Education major. They all tie in with 
morals and ethics and I've found that I 
can take something I've learned in one 
class and apply it to another. 



"Without the support of the faculty, I 
would never have had the exposure or 
known of the resources that have been 
available to me. The opportunity to 
study abroad made me learn a lot about 
myself as well as exposing me to 
different cultures. I took a lot away from 
different people, seeing how they live 
their lives. When I graduate I will have 
taken a full spectrum of classes and will 
feel stretched as a person." '^ 



Fall 2008 



Lasell Leaves Q 



Connected Learning 



Teaching Experience Opens Door 

Kacie Bair '08 Heads to Loyola 
University for Masters in School 
Psychology 

disability, such as reading or reading 
comprehension, or ADHD. I was able 
to sit in on IEP (Individualized 
Education Plan) meetings, with the 
parent's permission, and also school 
psychologist meetings. 



Internship with the Champions 

Donna Mclntyre '08 Works in 
Celtics' Community Relations Office 




Kacie Bair '08. 

I knew I wanted to continue on to 
graduate school and pursue a degree in 
School Psychology and that I needed to 
find an internship that would give me 
an edge over other graduate school 
applicants, as my GPA was just average 
— and I could not be 'just average.' 
I emailed the school psychologist at 
Tantasqua Regional Junior High School 
in Sturbridge, which is close to my 
home, and got a reply. During my 
interview I immediately knew I was 
going to spend my senior year interning 
there. I loved everything about the 
school: the environment, the staff I met, 
the vibe. I just felt at home. That's the 
feeling everyone should have when they 
find their dream job. 

"My responsibilities were challenging 
and amazing. I observed students in a 
classroom setting, looking for behaviors 
consistent with their diagnosis that 
could be either a specific learning 



"With the permission of the Head of 
Special Education, I eventually was 
trusted enough to begin testing regular 
education students. I administered 
self-reports that measure the likelihood 
that a student has ADHD or one of 
its subtypes, and other self-reports 
that measure a student's social, 
psycho-emotional relationships 
with peers and adults, and how 
they compare to peers their age. 

"This internship prepared me and 
helped me immensely for my interview 
at Loyola University. It was nerve 
wracking. There were over 50 
applicants there and we each got five 
minutes to present our resume to 
everyone else. I realized that I was 
the only one out of the 50 who had 
experience collaborating directly with a 
school psychologist. The fact that I had 
received an amazing recommendation, 
got to test, score the tests, write up the 
rough draft reports and write IEP's, 
gave me the edge I needed to impress 
the admissions personnel and faculty. 
I credit this internship for my 
admission into Loyola, where I will 
be pursuing my combined M. Ed/Ed. S. 
It's an amazing program." W 




Donna Mclntyre '08 stands with the 
Celtics' championship trophy. 

To land an internship with the Celtics 
it takes ability and the desire to be a 
team player. When Sport Management 
major Donna Mclntyre '08 received a 
call and went for an interview for a 
spot in their Community Relations 
Department she came away a high 
scorer. "I knew I had to answer the 
questions well. There were times I had 
to scramble and improvise, but I 
managed to remain professional," she 
recalls. "A few weeks later, when they 
actually offered me the internship for 
the summer, I was pumped!" 

Donna is a student who reaches high, 
and her past experience and 
extraordinary self-motivation certainly 
helped open the Celtics' door. Because 
of her hard work, she was able to 
graduate from Lasell almost a year 
ahead of schedule and, in spite of her 
full course load, she found the time to 
be heavily involved with the College's 
Center for Community-Based Learning. 



"Because of my service experience at 
Lasell, I immediately felt the fit with the 
Celtics would be a good one," says 
Donna. "Their 'Stay in School Program' 
is very similar to Lasell's ACES program 
(see story p. 8) and I was impressed to 
learn about the Shamrock Foundation 
which benefits children through 
programs that provide education and 
support. Since it's a small department 
I knew that I would be given the 
opportunity to learn a lot and get 
involved in many interesting projects." 

What Donna didn't realize was how 
quickly she would be immersed. On day 
one she was thrown into a huge project 
that involved redoing a community 
center in the South End with $40,000 
that the Celtics had been awarded by the 
NBA Cares Program for making it into 
the finals. 

"Mayor Menino and former and current 
Celtics' players came to the opening of 
the new Reading and Learning Center 
that we had created. Between 150 and 
200 children will be able to take 
advantage of the space each day and 
they were thrilled. It felt amazing to 
give them something of that 
magnitude," she recalls. 

Donna is now considering enrolling in 
Lasell's fifth year program in Non-Profit 
Management. "What I do know about 
my future is that I want to work in an 
area that I'm passionate about. I'm 
fortunate to have had an internship that 
was so much fun and gave me such 
incredible experience." ¥ 



Surrounded by Artifacts 

Interning at the Massachusetts Historical Society 



I've always been a history nerd," 
exclaims History major Maggie 
Mathews '09, "so when I applied for 
an internship at the Massachusetts 
Historical Society and was hired on 
the spot, I couldn't believe my luck!" 
Maggie worked last spring semester 
for the Director of Education with 
two other interns who were both 
graduate students. 

Founded in 1791, the Society is 
currently headquartered in a six-floor 
building that was constructed in the 
1890s. "I spent my first two weeks 
getting lost," laughs Maggie. "There 



are an incredible number of documents 
and artifacts housed there. To actually 
see the stains on a copy of the 
Declaration of Independence takes 
you back in time and makes history 
come alive. 

"The Society has been constructing their 
web site for two years and we were put 
to work doing research, transcriptions, 
biographical sketches, and glossary 
entries," Maggie explains. "I particularly 
focused on the years 1764 - 1776 and the 
coming of the American Revolution. 
I hadn't had that much exposure to it 
before, but now I can blow people 



out of the water with all the facts I 
have gathered." 

As she worked on her assigned projects, 
Maggie had the opportunity to enter into 
discussions with research fellows. "I was 
able to talk with people who had a great 
depth of knowledge and I was exposed 
to a wide range of work that was 
challenging and endlessly interesting. 
The many things I absorbed from the 
experience have given me a better idea 
of what the options are for me once 
I graduate." « 




Maggie Mathews '09. 









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Connected Learning 



Intellectual and Artistic Passion Exhibited 

Spring Connected Learning Symposium 






During the week of April 28 - 
May 3, imaginative exhibits, 
performances, and presentations 
abounded on campus, 
culminating in this year's 
fashion show "Runway 2008." 
Among some of the events were 
internship presentations, study 
abroad summaries, a student art 
exhibit, and the connected 
learning poster session and 
demonstrations which crowded 
de Witt Hall. 




(L to R) Kristen Liberacki '11 and Sarah 
Schwartz '11 stand in front of the poster 
they created for their Introduction to 
Psychology class. 




The Indian wedding dress from Akeya Bennett '08's senior collection is a show stopper. 




Mathematics Professor Neil Hatem talks with Jessica 
Nguyen Ngoc Thanh '11 about her Calculus I poster. 



Kali Smith 'og discusses genocide in Rwanda with 
Anthropology and Humanities Professor Hortense Gerardo. 



Grecian urns of the 21st century depicting images of war are 
front and center at the student art exhibition. 



Raise Your Voice and be Heard 

Mock Presidential Debate Held 



#V heated mock presidential debate and 
press conference was held in de Witt 
Hall this past April as the country was 
in the midst of its long primary season. 
The three ersatz candidates touched on 
the issues of the economy, education, 
and the Iraq war as they exchanged 
spirited words. 

Erica Desautels '09 received the Raise 
Your Voice 2008 Presidential Activity 
Grant from the Massachusetts Campus 
Compact and used the money to 
sponsor the debate and to produce 
information sheets on the candidates, 
voter resources, and election system 
facts. "Our hope was to raise student 
awareness of the importance of voting 
and civic responsibility and to increase 
voter turnout among Lasell students," 
she says. "We want people to know why 
they should vote and what they are 
voting for." 1e 




(L to R) Erica Desautels 'og, Daniel lies 
'08, and Kevin Lawson '08 take on the roles 
of the presidential contenders. 




Speaking to the students who were being recognized for their service involvement during the 
year at last April's banquet, President Alexander urged, "Make a lifetime habit of helping 
people. " During the evening, many groups were singled out. The students above mentored 
children at The Second Step, a home that serves women and their children who have been 
victims of domestic violence. (Back row, L to R) Jessica Kuczwara '10, Nyndia Diligent 
'08, Andrew Mayer '11, Valerie Patterson '10, (Front row, L to R), Seth Mantie '10, Jessica 
Olivier '08, Jen Bou-Nassif'u, and Caitlin Grimaldi '11. 



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Campus Update 



Ways to Make the Campus Green 

Students Enter Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Contest 



This fall the College has launched a 
new Environmental Studies major, but 
interest in having an eco-friendly 
campus is not new. The Green Campus 
Task Force, whose purpose is to assess 
the feasibility of, and recommend 
concrete actions, has been hard at 
work looking at ways to reduce the 
College's carbon footprint (see story 
below), and students have become 
passionately involved. 

When Robert and Joan Weiler Arnow 
'49 learned of Lasell's concern about 
the condition of the planet and its 
efforts to insure that the campus 
become as green as possible, they 
decided to offer a cash prize to the 
student who could come up with 
the most creative steps to reduce 
greenhouse gas emissions. Last 
spring, a Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
Reduction contest was held and six 
thought-out proposals were submitted. 
After careful consideration, two 
winners and a runner-up were 
selected and their suggestions are 
being adopted or recommended. 



In their winning report, Andrew 
Gundlach '08 and Dan lies '08 
examined the electric, gas, and oil 
consumption at Lasell and discovered 
that it accounted for 4,052 tons 
of CO2 emissions. Seventy percent 
of the College's fossil fuel costs come 
from its heating expenses. "Reducing 
the average campus temperature by 
four degrees, from 74 to 70, is a simple 
solution that will save thousands of 
dollars and many tons of emissions," 
they explain. 

Runner-up Felicia Tempesta '09 
investigated the advantages of the 
College going solar. "Lasell doesn't 
have to look far," she said. "In August 
of 2006, Newton South High School 
officially went green by installing its 
very own solar energy system and 
Northeastern University has done 
the same." She researched the 
possibility of the College receiving 
a grant from the Massachusetts 
Technology Collaborative and came up 
with a plan on how to find contractors 
and designers for the project. 




Students in Professor Michael Daley's Global Ecology class work on an environmental 
assessment project. 



As a result of these winning proposals, 
the Green Campus Task Force has 
recommended the lowering of the set- 
points of thermostats around campus 
and the installation of a small 25-50 kw 
solar panel. "Steps must be taken now 



to not only reduce greenhouse 
emissions and fossil fuel consumption, 
but also to educate all members of 
the Lasell community regarding 
their individual responsibilities," 
says Felicia. '« 



Recommendations Made 



Green Campus Task Force Completes Report 



President Alexander recently 
received the final report of the 
Green Campus Task Force, a group 
that was formed in October 2007 
and charged with the responsibility 
of assessing and evaluating 
Lasell's current resource saving 
responsibilities, identifying areas for 
possible improvement, identifying 
and ascertaining resources for 
assistance, and developing a plan 
outlining goals for a green campus. 

"The report is full of interesting 
information with the overall 
recommendation being that the 
College develop and implement a 
plan to reduce its carbon emissions 
by 80 percent over the next 40 
years," President Alexander explains. 

"The report includes a variety of 
proposed strategies that fall roughly 
into three groups: 

• Changing the culture of the 
Lasell community 

• Reducing waste 

• Reducing energy consumption 

"Each of these three strategies 
comprises a lengthy list of 
recommended actions, which are 



detailed in the report. There are two 
final recommendations: 

1. That the College establish an 
Environmental Sustainability 
Committee — a 13-person 

Board whose members would include 
five undergraduates, one graduate 
student, three faculty members, 
three staff members, and one 
Village resident. 

2. That I, like many other college 
presidents, sign the President's 
Climate Commitment, thereby 
putting Lasell College on record as 
committing to reduce carbon 
emissions by 80 percent by the 
year 2050 and to take a 
number of specific actions 
in pursuit of that goal. 



"In accordance with the Green Campus 
Task Force recommendation, I have 
recently signed the American College 
and University President's Climate 
Commitment. For those who would 
like more information about the 
President's Climate Commitment, 
I refer you to the website: 
www.presidentsclimatecommitinent.org. 
The astute observer will note that our 
Green Campus Task Force has, in its 
work to date, already completed several 
of the steps contained in the President's 
Climate Commitment action plan." 



Currently the Environmental 
Sustainability Committee is being 
formed and will soon start reviewing 
the College's goals for its environmental 
programs. "None of this would have 
been possible without the hard work 
of the Green Campus Task Force," 
continues President Alexander. "It was 
ably led by its co-chairs Professor 
Stephen Sarikas and Professor Linda 
Bruenjes and everyone concerned did 
the College a great service by donating 
their time, energy, and expertise to 
get us started down the path toward 
greater environmental sensitivity 
and sustainability." ^ 




Goals for a greener campus by 2050 developed. 



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Class 0/1936 




On May 17, Adelaide Shaffer Van 
Winkle received an honorary degree, 
a Doctor of Humane Letters, at 
Centenary College in Hackettstown, 
NJ. (L to R) President of Centenary 
College Kenneth Hoyt, Adelaide 
Shaffer Van Winkle, President Hoyt's 
wife Marcia. 



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Faye Wadhams Smith says she is 
still active and that she swims, bowls, 
volunteers, and enjoys traveling. 
Faye has several legacy relatives: 
Carol Wadhams Wolcott '43, sister; 
Jane Wadhams Hazen '49, cousin; 
and Melinda Smith Partridge '68 
and Melissa Smith Hubbard '68, 
twin daughters. 



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(L to R) Faye Wadhams Smith, 
Arlene Wishart Sylvester, Connie 
Hatch Herron. 



1943 

Our sincere condolences to Carolyn 
Boyce Richards on the death of her 
daughter, Kathleen Richards 
Vanbeveren '72, in June. 

"Because of my granddaughter's 
graduation from college, I was unable to 
attend reunion," writes Olga Costes 
Urban. Forty-five years later, Olga is still 
living in Arlington, VA. She has been 
married for 62 years. 

"Sorry I missed reunion, "writes 
Ann Preuss Gillerlain. "I was thinking 
of you." 



Class 0/1943 




(L to R) Priscilla Spence Hall and 
Carol Wadhams Wolcott. 



Class 0/1946 




Class 0/1946 




Class ofig^ers held their mini summer reunion at the Wentworth by the Sea in New 
Hampshire. (L to R) Front Row: Judy Greenough Udaloy, Anne Blake Perkins, Pat 
Corning Jennings, Dorie Crathern French, Lee Parker McBumie; Back Row: Phyllis 
Paige Downes, Muriel Ross Benshimol, Nan Somerville Blowney, Lynn Blodgett 
Williamson, President Michael B. Alexander, Joan Hanson Blake, Helen Richter 
Hanson, Lee Pool Langley. 



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1946 

Meri Zanleoni Goyette, a longtime 
supporter of the arts in Nashua, NH, 
approached sculptor John Weidman 
and the result was a first-of-its-kind 
Nashua International Sculpture 
Symposium titled, "First Footprint," 
that ran from May 19 - June 8. At the 
completion of the symposium, five 
sculptures were gifted to the city and 
permanently placed in prominent 
locations in the downtown area. When 
asked how she felt about all of this, 
Meri replied, "I'm ecstatic." 

Our sincere condolences to Lee 
Parker McBurnie on the death of her 
husband, Walter. 

Jean Watson Wetrich celebrated her 
60th wedding anniversary in February. 
She and her husband have twin 
daughters, four grandchildren, and five 
great-grandchildren. They have been 
living in Falls Church, VA for the past 
49 years. 



1947 

The Alumni Office wishes Barbara 
Stickle Mode well in her recent move 
to an assisted living facility in 
Wayland, MA. 

1948 

June Smith Noreen says, "We continue 
to enjoy our busy lives here in the 
foothills of the White Mountains. 
Our solar house in Meredith, NH, 
still works!" 

1949 

Our sincere condolences to Nancy 
Curtis Grellier on the death of her 
brother in July. 



Meri Zanleoni Goyette. 



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Class 0/1948 




(L toR) Charlotte Sweet Ramsey, Freda Alexander, Judy Tracy Shanahan, June Smith 
Noreen, Barbara Street Berry, Corky Bujfum Hall. 



Class 0/1949 




In March three members of the Class of '49 and their husbands got together in Naples, 
FL. (L to R): Pounce and Del Anderson Musgrave, George and Jackie Rollat Labar, 
Nancy Hoyden Drooffand husband, Gerd. 



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1951 

Kathleen Ballard Heck says, "I still have 
the same seven children, and both sons 
were recently married." 

1953 

Our sincere condolences to Sally 
Churchill Lowell on the death of her 
son in May. 

Elinor Cohen Goldman has three 
children and two grandchildren. 

Elizabeth Fried Slater was unable to 
attend reunion weekend as it was the 
same date as her 50th wedding 
anniversary, and her daughter had made 
plans to celebrate it. Elizabeth writes, 
"Still enjoying southern California after 
23 years." 

"Regretfully 2008 travel plans do not 
include our 55th class reunion," writes 
Elsie Knaus Klemt, "but do involve a 
road trip to Montana, Wyoming, and 
Colorado with roommate, Sylvia Pfeiffer 
Nesslinger, and her husband followed 
by our usual summer in Maine." 





Class 0/1956 

"TKHIB W} . - ... 

In their travels, Antoinette Ruinen 
Stapper and her husband, Erik, 
found their way to Khwai River 
Lodge in Botswana where they met 
up with Bargie Barnard Zechman 
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Donna Ross Hurley sends these wishes: 
"My best to my classmates. Sorry to 
miss this reunion." Donna and her 
husband are now Florida residents but 
still enjoy spending summers in their 
Marstons Mills home on the Cape. 

Audrey Thompson Rielle writes, "Sorry 
I couldn't make the reunion. This 
spring I have seen several classmates: 
Althea Janke Gardner, Bunny Coats 
Stryeski, Jane Corbin Post, and Jeanette 
Roberts Mann. 

1954 

An invitation from Nancy Swanson 
Horsfield: "If anyone travels through 
the northeast part of Connecticut, 
please contact me. Our guest room is 
open, and we love to share our little lake 
with friends." Nancy enjoyed "a lovely 
visit catching up with Mary Atterbury 
Bradshaw." 



1955 

Our sincere condolences to Sally 
Cranton Nolan on the death of her twin, 
Anne Cranton Mix '55, in May 2007. 

From Honolulu, Bobbie Jennings 

writes: "Thank goodness I'm still 
physically able to enjoy the best parts of 
Hawaii. A recent trip to Kauai included 
a strenuous kayak trip up a river 
combined with a long hike to a 
waterfall. On another day I hiked 
several miles into the heart of the island 
in an area where parts of Jurassic Park 
were filmed. I saw breathtaking hidden 
mountain waterfalls and vistas across 
the valleys to another mountain. As we 
say here, 'No ka oi' or 'the best.' " 

1958 

During reunion weekend, Sue Allen 
Busa attended the class parade and 
luncheon. Afterwards, she attended her 
grandson's graduation from high 



school. In June, Sue moved to 
North Carolina. 

An update from Connie Baker George: 

"My husband and I have been married 
for 49 years. We have three children 
and five grandchildren. We have lived in 
New England all of our lives but mostly 
in New Hampshire. We are both retired. 
I enjoy reading, gardening, knitting, 
needlework, boating, walking the beach, 
traveling, and skiing. Over the years I 
have kept in touch with my Gardner 
roommate, Judy Meehan Moore who 
lives in California. My best to everyone." 

Barbara Clark Owen and her husband 
appeared on the Martha Stewart Show 
in April. Their day of fame is a result of 
owning a farm where they raise goats 
and send the milk from the goats to two 
restaurants where chefs use the milk to 
make goat cheese and gelato. This tip 
came from Gail Seibert Glover. 



Class 0/1958 




Front row (L to R) Joyce Stirling Wyatt, Peggy Harmon Eaton, Carol Christopher, Jeanne Bradner Morgan, Bobbie Cummings Taylor, 
Terry Brahe Lanham, Penny Carlson O'Brien, Gail Winalski Burd, Jerry Beard Ackerman, Joan Bates Andersen, Binnie Tmell Good. 

Middle row (L to R) Nancy Cincotti Emmons, Lee Regan, Barbara Elm Symington, Barbara Clark Owen, Jan McPherson Pretty. 
Audrey Biggerstajf, Gail Seibert Glover, Barbara Batty Brown, Barbara Wenzel Carroll, Joyce Chadboume Gardner, Betty Anderson 
Fairchild, Donna Daly King, Marion Heinsohn Mitchell. 

Back row (L to R) Sue Allen Busa, Mary Ann Fuller Young, Joan Plaskon Tatigian, Gladys Mettler Biasotto, Carole Paolino Cohen. 
Linda Braslow Lefkowitz, Sona Bedrosian Selverian, Sandy Sheller Alessi, Dee Young Keefe, Nancy Spargo Goodridge, Connie Reid 
Towne, Meade Simpson Fasciano, Linda Ferrucci Merrell, Ann Reeves Burton, Patsy Graff Willoughby. 



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Class 0/1959 



Class 0/1963 




In April several alums got together at St. Andrew's Golf Club in Florida for lunch. (L 
to R) Front Row: Dottie Mills Graef'50 and Barbara Goodwin Flint '44; Back Row: 
Carolyn Wood Brox '59 and Fran Reid Smith '$(). Dottie, Barbara, and Carolyn live 
in Punta Gorda and Fran comes to Fort Myers in April for vacation. 



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"I'm sorry that I couldn't attend this 
reunion. Send my regards to all the 
Gardner girls," writes Marsha Singer 
Marshall, "but we had planned a cruise 
to Copenhagen a year ago." Marsha 
adds, "My husband and I are active in 
Sun City Center, FL. We don't know how 
we had time to work. Volunteering is 
our job right now but we do get some 
time in for golf." Marsha has three 
children, seven grandchildren, and two 
great-grandchildren. 

Brenda Weinstein Less was sorry she 
was unable to attend reunion. She 
writes, "I was in San Diego visiting my 
children and grandchildren. Regards to 
all. I will miss seeing the girls." 

1959 

Class of 1959 - 50 Years! "Come join the 
fun at our 50th reunion. Where has the 
time gone? Come for the fun and the 
fellowship. Just being together will be 
worth the journey back to good old 
Lasell. Why are reunions fun or 
important? Without our 45th reunion, 
I would not have been reunited with 
Fran Reid Smith. When she introduced 
herself and said that she was from 
Syracuse, I replied, 'Wow, I am from 
Watertown, NY — 80 miles up the road. 
I am always going to Syracuse for 
shopping or the theater.' Well that did it. 
From that moment it has been a wild 
time for both of us. We golf together 
either in Syracuse or Chaumont, NY or 
in Punta Gorda, FL in the winter. Our 
husbands enjoy each other so that 
makes us a foursome, and we golf or go 
out for dinner. And finally, I mentioned 
that I was heading to Turkey in 
November and needed a travel 
companion. Guess what? Before I knew 
it, Fran called and said that she would 
go. What a great time we had on that 
trip. Well, that is only one thing that can 
come out of a trip back for reunion. Let 
us see what happens at our 50th. Sure 
hope that many of you will come. 
Lodging at one of the new dorms on 
campus will be available for $50 per 
night. It's a great deal! Contact one of 
us and watch for more 2009 reunion 



information: Carolyn Wood Brox, 

941-505-1944, broxtrng@yahoo.com; 
Fran Reid Smith, 315-458-5641, 
kipf@twcny.rr.com; Joan Conradi 
McLaughlin, 508-540-1572, 
jobomac@aol.com; Melisse Jenkins 
Bailey, 215-675-0494, 
baileyconsult@comcast.net 



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1960 

Barbara Jacoby Adelstein is retired and 
enjoying her three granddaughters. 



Class 0/1960 




Anne Sutherland Rollins '60 traveled 
to Mesa, AZ to visit her cousin, Betsy 
MacMillan Blackledge '62. Together 
they traveled to the Grand Canyon. 
Anne says, "It was fabulous, and 
there was lots of cousin bonding." 



1962 

Carol Curtice McKay is a volunteer and 
chairman of the Board of Directors at 
the Green's Farms Nursery School in 
Westport, CT. 

1963 

Our sincere condolences to Avery 
Leach Egloff on the recent death 
of her husband, Ken, and to Claire 
Lipton Zimmers on the death of her 
99-year-old mother in June. 




In May, seven alumnae from the Classes of '63 and '64 who lived in Bragdon Hall held 
a mini-reunion in Newport, RI. "A good time was had by all, spouses included. " (L to 
R) Liz Burdick Cantarine '64, Blanche Bleicher Stout '64, Karen Metcalf Sommer '64, 
Melodye Horwitz Kinkead '64, Anne Harvey Lawton '64, Sandra Stahl Thomas '63, 
and Nina Dotterer '64. 
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Susan Woodruff Bieling sees her Lasell 
roommate, Barbara Noorigian Meehan, 

frequently. Susan is retired and enjoys 
traveling. She and her husband live in 
Annapolis, MD near one daughter. Her 
other daughter lives in France. 

1965 

Lydia Moissides Hines represented 
Lasell College at the Albion College 
presidential inauguration in April. She 
had this to say about the experience, 
"Thank you so much for giving me the 
opportunity to represent Lasell at 
Albion's new president's inauguration. 
It was a wonderfully planned and 



executed program at which I had 
occasion to meet several folks I have 
known over the years and, like me, 
they were there representing their 
alma maters for the very first time at 
such an event. We learned something 
new together." 

1968 

Linda Bamberger Kirsch is "living in 
Edgewater, NJ, and selling starches 
and spices to manufacturers." She says, 
"I am planning to retire soon." Linda 
divides her free time between travel 
and visits with grandchildren. 



Class 0/1968 




Front row (L to R) Jackie Hojfmeier Lee, Pat Torbron Geoghegan, Linda Bamberger 
Kirsch, Cindy Rardin Crawford, Mamie Ewart Bacot. 

Middle row (L to R) Anne Kusik Roush, Melinda Smith Partridge, Stephanie 
Pendleton, Bev Walker Neilipovitz, Ann Sterner Tyler. 

Last row (L to R) Jan Jacobs Hyde, Carol Spindler Picciano, Libby Wissman 
Walendziewicz, Janice Taylor Perruzzi, Heather Heath Reed, Marsha Gordon 
Bornstein, Edie Hogsett Whitney. 



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Marsha Gordon Bornstein is an 
assistant vice president/branch manager 
at the Middlesex Savings Bank in 
Ashland. She has been married to her 
husband for 37 years and has two 
married sons and two grandsons. 
Marsha says, "Grandparenthood is 
wonderful, and 1 am enjoying every 
minute of it." 

Edith Hogsett Whitney retired in 
June and is looking forward to art 
classes, travel, and becoming more 
physically active. 

Anne Kusik Roush and her husband 
live in Oak Ridge, TN. For the past 
12 years, Anne has worked for an 
obstetrics-gynecology group. She has 
two grown children. 

"So sorry I was unable to attend 
reunion," writes Laura StruckhofF Cline, 
"but I have my oldest son's wedding in 
a few weeks, and I am in the midst of 
dealing with aging parents." 

"I have now been working as an RN 
for 40 years," writes Judy Schaubert 
Correll. "Twenty years have been in 
the neonatal intensive care unit." 
Judy has been married to husband, 
Paul, for almost 20 years and has 
four grandchildren. 



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1972 

Sandra Manning Lupoli is a nurse at the 
Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth, NH. 

1973 

"I have been living on the Cape since 

1979," writes Robin Genden. "I own an 

optometric practice in Mashpee. I miss 
my friends from Lasell. Those were 
some of the best years." Robin's son 
begins high school in the fall. 

1977 

An update from Terri Canavan Loe: 

"Last year I chose to go to Honduras 
instead of my 30th class reunion. I 
found the experience worth repeating 
and have just returned from my second 
trip to that country. My husband and a 
few colleagues joined in the effort to 
'break the cycle of poverty.' Check out 
this website to see some of the 
worthwhile projects we are working on 
to give these children a chance to 
survive and thrive: www.onthisrock.org." 



Class 0/1978 




1978 

Sue Sarris Redente is vice president of 
an insurance brokerage firm in New 
Haven, CT. Last year she celebrated her 
20th wedding anniversary. In January, 
Sue met up with Lisa Conathan '79 and 
Liz English '79 for a mini-reunion 
weekend in Newport, RI. 

1979 

In May, Marina Rowe Seitsinger and 

her daughter, Kerith Seitsinger 'n, a 

fashion major, attended the Friday 
evening Lasell College Fashion Show. 
Marina has this story to tell: "Lasell and 
the campus hold a special place in my 
heart. We took a final drive around 
when I came to pick up Kerith to take 
her home. She suggested we stop by 
Carpenter where I lived my senior year. 
The door was open, and we walked right 
in. Kerith saw a piano in the corner and 
went over and started playing. Never in 
a million years would I believe that 29 
years later I would be back in Carpenter 
with my daughter playing that piano. I 
could remember running up and down 
the stairs there, and it was like stepping 
back in time." 



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1982 

From Waltham, Laurie Avallone reports, 
"I am happily living the single life again 
and hoping to get in touch with other 
classmates. I am working in an 
emergency room and loving it after 
raising three nearly grown children. 
Laurie can be reached at 
laurieavallone@verizon.net. Laurie says 
that Carol Abenante Hurteau has 
several new grandchildren, and Peggy 
Coburn is living nearby in East Dennis 
on the Cape. 

1983 

Caroline Knoener-Skowronek has 

recently joined the Alumni Board 
of Management. 



1987 

Sharon Murphy writes, "For the last 
seven years I have been working as an 
executive assistant in a downtown 
Boston law firm. Hello to all my '87 
classmates! Sorry I missed the reunion 
last May. Looking forward to our 25th!" 

1988 

An update from Wendy Gromko White: 
"Seems kind of crazy that 20 years have 
gone by since graduation. Remember 
the days that we went to class in our 
pajamas? I wonder if having men on 
campus changed that? After graduating 
from UMass Amherst I spent time in 
the Boston area and then moved to 
Atlanta in 1994. I met my husband, 
Mark, at a New Year's Eve party, and 
our son, Elliott, was born in 2003. 
We moved to Richmond, VA in 2006 
and are enjoying living here. I'm a 
stay-at-home mom but really do hope to 
get back to work and find something 
fun and fulfilling to pursue when Elliott 
begins kindergarten. What the heck 
was I thinking majoring in retail 
management! I wasn't able to attend 
reunion, but would love to hear from 
you, wwhite13@gmail.com. 



Class 0/1988 



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Class 0/1983 




1992 

Julie Baker Zegras opened a new 
children's store called Bubble & Tweet 
in Bedford Village, NY. The store is 
geared toward the preteen crowd. 
Julie and her husband, Gary, grew 
up in Bedford, own the shop, and 
have three children. 

1998 

An update from Heather Bohn Harada: 

"Aloha. In February, I moved to 
Honolulu with my husband and 
daughter. My husband's company, 
Nordstrom, transferred him here. I am 
now working part-time for Macy's. We 
are happy and feel blessed to keep 
rolling with the punches as moving 
here has presented its share of 
challenges. Mahalo!" 



2000 J S 



2003 

Breeanna Barnes Beaupre and Matthew 
Beaupre celebrated their third year of 
marriage with a cruise to Belize, 
Honduras, and the Grand Cayman 
Islands. They also purchased their first 
home in Lynn, MA. 

2004 

Crystal Crafts Rivera writes, "I am 
relocating to Newton, IA with my 
family. I have been offered an assistant 
sales director position for a 
manufacturing company. It is an 
incredible opportunity for us! If you 
find yourself in the mid- west, please 
look me up." 

Courtney Hamilton Hizey is in the 

process of finishing an M.Ed, in 
Administration and Supervision. She 
and her husband are living in Waltham. 
Future plans include a move back to his 
home state of North Carolina. 

Wayne Kreis is president of a political 
consulting and lobby firm with offices 
in MO, GA, DC, CA, TX, and London. 

Jennifer Pope 'o4/'o8 MSM has 
recently joined the Alumni Board 
of Management. 

2005 

Courtney Katsiaficas is a retail manager 
of Carla's in Portland, ME. Her career 
advice is the following: "Be sincere and 
enthusiastic. People can tell if a 
salesperson is being fake. Retail 
management is more than wearing a lot 
of great clothes. The world of retail may 
begin with shopping, but it certainly 
doesn't end there." 

In May, Eric Knapp graduated from the 
New England School of Law. 

2007 

Sean McCullen and Casey Rich have 
recendy joined the Alumni Board 
of Management. 



(L to R) Christina Striker Parker 
and Dottie Faqgas Powers. 



(L to R) Kathy Urner-Jones, Joan O'Connor, Sue Senofonte Preis, Julia Schaum 
Ortale, Caroline Knoener-Skowronek. 



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Class Notes 



Class of 19 9 5 



Lasell Couples Have Babies 





The Class 0/2995 had a mini 13th reunion brunch with five alums, husbands and 
children all participating. (L to R) Dianne Randall O'Hearn with Samantha, Jay and 
Jack; Kim Coogan DeCrescenzo with Tiana and Domenic; Heidi Learson White with 
AJ; Michelle Vaughan Gray with William and Aroura; and Lisa Giangregorio Stanton 
with Jackson and Olivia. 



Classes 0/2001 and 2002. 

The marriage between Brittany Jackson 
'01 and Lawens Fevrier '02 produced 
Baby Lawsen. He entered the world on 
March 26, 2008 at 11:45 P- m - 



2008 

Jason Drudi has taken a sales 
position with salary.com in Waltham. 
He lives in Arlington. 

Kevin Lang and his band, "Fendline," 
were given a chance to open for a 
Grammy Award winning band, 
Coldplay, in Boston on August 4. The 
contest consisted of 15 finalists who 
were voted and ranked online. The top 
five bands were then chosen for the 
final round, and Fendline came in fifth. 
In the end Coldplay did not choose 
Fendline, but Kevin had this to say, 
"What an exciting ride it has been. I 
want to personally thank the Lasell 
community for all its support. We have 
been recognized by globally-known 
bands, and we couldn't have done it 
without your help." 



Christina Rossi is a media relations 
coordinator at Planned Parenthood 
League of Massachusetts. 

2009 

The Office of Institutional Advancement 
gratefully acknowledges the many 
graphic design postcards and invitations 
that have been created by Kayla 
McKenna including the Reunion save 
the date postcard on this page and also 
the Family, Friends and Alumni 
Weekend postcard on page 29. 





Class 0/2002 








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Melissa Mcintosh's 2-year-old son, 
Erickson, is enjoying a day at home 
with mom and dad. Melissa is an 
administrative assistant at the 
Institute for Clinical Research and 
Health Policy Studies at Tufts 
Medical Center. 





Classes 0/2003 an d 2005. 

The union between Ami Ruehrwein '03 
and Troy Wall '05 produced Baby Olivia, 
bom June 10, 2008. Mom, dad, and baby 
are all doing well. 



Class 0/2004 




Class 0/1998 





Kim Al/ano Drago's wedding 
ceremony was held at Grand 
Central Station in NYC followed by 
a wedding reception in August. Two 
classmates were in attendance. (L to 
R) Stephanie Belbusti, Kim Alfano 
Drago, and Mary Pat Smyth. 



ft Save the Date! 

r May 15- 17, 2009 



Front row (L to R) Dee Nedder, Kiss Templeton Tondorf, Urit Chaimovitz. 

Back row (L to R) Jess Anthony, Adrienne Reid Fernandez, Jenn Share, Holly Ventola 
Staffer, Kayla Urbanek Page. 




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Class Notes 



Engagements 

Melissa Mannolini '01 to Barry Roberts 
Jennifer Lesnick '02 to Terry Hood Jr. 
Stephanie Mitchell '03 to Barry Kishner 
Michele Scribner '03 to Philip Whelan 
Crista Cannata '04 to Dennis Basile 

Marriages 

Amy Levine '78 to 

Paul DeGrandpre on July 22, 2006 

Kimberley Lufkin '87 to 
Donald Williams in June 2006 

Danielle Blais '01 to 

Matthew Flad on November 3, 2007 

Bethany Baillio '03 to 

Alan Colarusso on January 7, 2005 

Courtney Hamilton '04 to 

Ryan Hizey on October 7, 2007 



Births 

Brittany Jackson Fevrier '01, a son, 
Lawsen, on March 26,2008 

Lawens Fevrier '02, a son, Lawsen, 
on March 26,2008 

Bethany Baillio Colarusso '03, a son, 
Dylan Anthony, on November 18, 2007 

Ami Ruehrwein '03, a daughter, 
Olivia Grace, on June 10, 2008 

Troy Wall '05, a daughter, Olivia Grace, 
on June 10, 2008 








Deaths 

Martha Adams Hindman '30 

on January 10, 2001 

Katherine Fitch Chesley '30 

on March 19, 2008 

Marion Jarbeau '32 

Lydia Parmelee Holmes '32 

on February 13, 2008 

Pauline Demond Pitt '33 

Helen Dermon Mertz '33 

Grace Gowdy Smith '33 

Elizabeth McKee Driscoll '33 

Elizabeth Mclntire Bennert '33 

Lillyan Rosenfield '33 

Jane Spear '33 

Ruth Stafford Clark '33 on June 1, 2008 

Shirley Swan '33 

Nancy Webb Ramsey '33 

Eleanor "Lynn" Kenney Hettrick '37 

on April 30, 2008 

Rae Salisbury Richards '37 

on June 3, 2008 

Lois Tracy Rix '37 on February 28, 2008 

Anne Campbell Terrill '37 

on March 9, 2008 

Ruth Fulton Griffin '38 

Ruth Urquhart Dumas '38 

on July 6, 2005 

Margaret Christiansen Marbach '39 
Virgilia Palumbo Leone '40 

Jane Schaffner Zesinger '41 

on August 23, 2007 

Margaret "Peggy" Grover Scott '42 

on May 6, 2008 

M. Jane Cook Cardoza '43 

Marguerite Gately Ellis '43 

on March 14, 2008 

Helena Kattermann Cunningham '43 

Elinor Kuchler Hopkins '43 

on July 29, 2008 

Vivian Snow Ohlhorst '44 

in December 2007 

Virginia Wolfe Perkins '44 

Jane Upton Patten '47 

on May 23, 2008 



Barbara Cross Butler '48 

Lucile Melton Dismukes '48 

on June 30, 2007 

Cynthia Woodward Witherell '49 

on May 27, 2008 

Joan Palmer Kling '49 

Dorothea Engel Gregg '50 

on February 6, 2008 

Gwendolyn Bennett Hedrick '51 

on May 3, 2008 

Nancy Preston Distilli '53, Fall 2007 

Ruth Stockbridge Tolar '53 

on February 27, 2008 

Anne Cranton Mix '55 on May 24, 2007 
Gail Vose Etsch '57 

Susan Fox Worth '61 

on January 10, 2008 

Althea Woods Bonura '61 

on June 25, 2008 

Donna Boudreau Carpenter '71 

on July 2, 2008 

Kathleen Richards Vanbeveren '72 

on June 9, 2008 

Carol Hokanson Anderson '77 

on May 1, 2008 

Kristen Moriarty Gray '88 

Robert Stoller, former Trustee and 
Overseer, on July 12, 2008' 




Sadly, Elinor Kuchler 
Hopkins '43 passed 
away on July 29, 2008. 
Always proud of her 
connection to Lasell, 
Elinor was a strong 
supporter of the College and made the 
Annual Fund one of her top priorities. 
She was also a contributor to Lasell's 
150 Campaign and a member of the 
Heritage Society. As a student, she 
majored in Merchandising and the 
yearbook notes that she was always 
congenial and a true "Gardnerite." She 
will be missed by all who knew her. 



Robert Stoller passed 
away on July 12, 2008. 
A staunch supporter of 
the College, he was a 
long time member of 
the Board of Trustees, 
serving as its chair- 
man, and was also on the Board of 
Overseers. On October 2, 1993, in 
recognition of a deferred gift he made 
to benefit Lasell's endowment, the 
Stoller Boat House was named in 
memory of his parents. His love of 
Lasell is apparent in the above photo, 
taken at the dedication. 




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Fall 2008 



CampUS Update 



12 New Full-Time Faculty Hired 




With the arrival of 12 new full-time 
faculty members on campus this 
September, the College is moving 
steadily towards its strategic goal of 
nearly doubling the size of the faculty 
within five years. These 12 individuals 
bring a wealth of academic and industry 
expertise to the College. 

Donna Cote- 
Scipione joins 
the faculty as 
Assistant 
Professor of 
Accountancy. 
Donna earned her 
M.S. in Taxation 
at Northeastern University and her B.S. 
in Accountancy at Providence College. 
She has worked as a senior tax 
consultant and manager for Deloitte & 
Touche L.L.P. and, for the past two 
years, has held the position of senior 
manager for Deloitte Tax L.L.P. In 
addition to her teaching responsibilities, 
Donna will coordinate the Voluntary 
Income Tax Assistance service-learning 
program at Lasell. 

"^^^^ Marie Franklin 

joins the faculty 
as Visiting 
Assistant 
Professor of 
^ Journalism. Marie 
B earned her M.S. 

^ in Mass 

Communications from Boston College 
and her B.A. in English at Emmanuel 
College. Marie has worked as an editor 
and writer for The Boston Globe for 
over twenty years, reporting, writing, 
and editing many stories and special 
feature sections of The Sunday Globe. 
She is the recipient of numerous 
journalism awards and is the founding 
Managing Editor of The Boston Globe's 
"Teens in Print," a publication targeted 
to inner city teens. 

Hector Iweka 

Bt joins the faculty 

as Assistant 
Professor of 
^^^ WL Marketing. Hector 

Bto received his Ph.D. 
A ,°%afl in Organization 

^^^^ w^^^^M Management 
from Capella University. He earned his 
M.B.A. with a concentration in 
Marketing at the Federal University of 
Technology in Nigeria. He has taught 
Marketing at Indiana Wesleyan 
University and has over twenty years 
of corporate experience in Nigeria, 
England, and the U.S. Most recently, 
Hector has served as Sales Trainer and 
Sales and Marketing Supervisor for 
Comcast Cable in Chicago, Illinois. 




Jerry Madkins joins the faculty as 
Associate Professor of Management. He 
received his D.Min. in Leadership and 
Counseling from the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary, where he also 
earned a Masters degree. He holds a 
M.A. in Personnel Administration from 
Central Michigan University and he 
received his B.A. in Mathematics from 
Prairie View A & M University. Jerry 
brings a wealth of teaching, business, 
and community-based experience to 
Lasell and has also published six books 
in the areas of student college readiness 
and management. Among his various 
community service positions, Jerry has 
served as president of the Stephensville, 
Texas chapter of the NAACP. 

Salam Mir joins 
Lasell as Assistant 
Professor of 
English. Salam 
received 
her Ph.D. in 
English Language 
and Literature from the University of 
Maryland, College Park. She received 
her M.A. and B.A. in English Literature 
from American University of Beirut 
and holds a second B.A. in French 
and Latin from the College of Notre 
Dame of Maryland. For the past three 
years, Salam has served as Associate 
Professor of English at Carnegie Melon 
University in Qatar. Salam's teaching 
and research areas of expertise are 
in writing as well as post-colonial 
Caribbean and Palestinian literature 
and eight other areas of English and 
American literature. 

a Jennifer 

Ostrowski joins 
the faculty as 
Assistant 
Professor of 
Athletic Training 
and Clinical Education Coordinator. She 
received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology, with 
concentrations in Sport Psychology and 
College Teaching, in May 2008 from 
Michigan State University. She earned 
her M.S. in Kinesiology and Health 
Promotions from the University of 
Kentucky and a B.S. in Athletic Training 
from Salisbury University. Jennifer has 
extensive research experience, primarily 
in the area of psychosocial intervention 
and referrals for athletic trainers. 





Esther Pearson 

joins Lasell as 
Assistant 
Professor of 
Mathematics. 
Esther earned 
her Ed.D. in 
Mathematics and 
Science at the University of 
Massachusetts, Lowell. She received 
her M.S. in Engineering Management 
from Western New England College, 
her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from 
Youngstown State University, and her 
A.A.S. in Electrical Engineering from 
Kent State University. In 2005, she 
published Invisible Mathematics, a book 
that describes how mathematics has 
been used for and against African 
Americans. In 1991, she founded 
the Mary McLeod Bethune Institute, 
whose mission is to provide academic 
enrichment for young women in 
urban areas. 

L. Halliday Piel 

joins the faculty 
as Assistant 
Professor of 
History. She 
received her Ph.D. 
in History from 
the University of 
Hawaii at Manoa. She holds two 
Masters degrees — a M.S. in Asian 
Languages and Literatures from the 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 
and a M.S. in Library Science from 
Simmons College. She earned her B.A. 
in Art and Archeology at Princeton 
University. Halliday has taught a variety 
of courses in the area of Asian History 
at the University of Hawaii, the Hawaii 
Tokei International College, and the 
University of Massachusetts. 

Robert Prior joins 
the faculty as 
Associate 
Professor of Sport 
Management and 
Chair of the Sport 
Management 
Department. Bob 
received his Ed.D. in Organizational 
Leadership from Nova Southeastern 
University. He earned his M.S. in Sports 
Administration at Saint Thomas 
University and his B.S. in Sports, 
Leisure & Fitness Studies at Salem State 
University. Bob has held the position of 
Associate Director of Athletics 
Communications and External 
Operations at Nova Southeastern 
University and has also held media and 
public relations director positions for 
major league soccer, the Boston Celtics, 
and the Atlanta Braves. 





Mary Ruppert- 
Stroescu joins 
the faculty as 
Associate 
Professor of 
Fashion and Chair 
of the Fashion 
Department. Mary 
holds a M.S. in Apparel Design and 
Management from the University of 
Missouri, where she is completing a 
Ph.D., and a B.S. in Fashion Design and 
Merchandising from the University of 
Southern Illinois. Mary has served on 
the faculty of Steven's College for ten 
years, where she held the administrative 
positions of study abroad and 
internships coordinator as well as 
Fashion Chair. She has also directed 
fashion programs at the International 
Academy of Design and Technology in 
Chicago and LaSalle College, Morocco. 
Mary has extensive international 
management and design experience, 
including positions with Joseph Bitton 
in Dusseldorf, Germany and Donetta 
Sweden, S.A.R.L. in Paris, France. 

Aaron Toffler joins the faculty as 
Associate Professor of Environmental 
Policy. Aaron holds a J.D. from Boston 
College Law School and earned his B.A. 
in Economics and French at Union 
College. In addition to serving as an 
attorney to clients in real estate and 
environmental issues, Aaron has held 
the position of Director of the Natural 
Cities Program of the Urban Ecology 
Institute based in Chestnut Hill, MA. 
Among various accomplishments in 
that role, he leveraged multiple state, 
federal, and private foundation grants 
for environmental projects in Chelsea 
and East Boston. 

Anh Lee Tran joins the faculty as 
Assistant Professor of Economics and 
Management. Anh received his Ph.D. 
in Law, Policy, and Society from 
Northeastern University. He earned his 
M.B.A. as well as his B.A. in Economics 
from the University of Massachusetts, 
Boston. Anh's research interests are in 
sustainable economic development, 
international trade, and global 
management. He also examines the 
impact of U.S. trade policy on economic 
development in Viet Nam. 



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Campus updat 



Registrants from Around the World 

Fuss Center Hosts International Conference 



About sixty registrants and some 
spouses from 20 countries in Europe. 
Asia. Africa, Australia and New 
Zealand, the Middle East and North 
America, many from major research 
institutions, attended a conference 
titled Aging: Families and 
Households in Global Perspective" 
sponsored by the RoseMary B. Fuss 
Center and organized by Drs. Tessa 
LeRoux and Mark Sciegaj. From 
May 19-23, they were on campus 
discussing topics as varied as abuse 
and neglect of the elderly, family 
policy, grandparenting, and 
comparative studies on patterns of 
kinship exchange across the world. 
Although the major focus of the 
interim research seminar of the 
Committee on Family Research 
(RC06 of the International 
Sociological Association) was on 
papers reporting research, some 
unusual events provided depth 
and richness. 

Of particular note was the opening 
talk and exhibit by Jerry Friedman 
of the Elders' Foundation on 



super-centenarians and an evening 
session at Lasell Village featuring CFR 
member Irene Levine, guest Sophie 
Freud, and two Village residents, 
Freddy Frankel and Margery Silver. 
At the closing session, comments 
made by current CFR president Rudolf 
Richter reflected on themes emerging 
from the conference and thoughts for 
future directions. 

Participants left enriched, impressed 
by Lasell's intergenerational model of 



education and the idea of lifelong 
learning during later years in life. 
Jan Trost, leading international family 
sociology scholar, member of CFR since 
the early 1960s, and honorary life 
president of the CFR writes, "The 
seminar last week was extraordinary!... 
Our expectations were more than 
fulfilled... This seminar will be 
remembered by all of us as one of 
the very best..." W 




Global Perspective Conference participants gather in the Yamawaki auditorium. 



Faculty Promotions 

At the June Meeting, the Board of Trustees 
Promoted Three Faculty Members. 




Tessa LeRoux 

was voted a 
promotion to 
the level of 
Professor. She 
received her 
D. Litt. et Phil, 
in Sociology 
from Ran 
Afrikaans University in South Africa, 
her Masters in Sociology from the 
University of South Africa, and her 
Bachelors in Sociology, Psychology, 
and Communication from Rand 
Afrikaans University. She joined the 
Lasell faculty in the fall of 2001 as 
Associate Professor of Sociology and 
Director of the Donahue Institute for 
Values and Public Life. She has 
served additionally as Director of 
International Programs for the past 
three years. One of her external 
reviewers wrote, " Tessa is a true 
global citizen: a person who cares 
deeply about the quality of human 
life on earth and the role that 
academics can play in making the 
world better." 




Rebecca Kennedy was 

promoted to 
Associate Professor of 
English. She earned 
her Ph.D. in 
Linguistics at Harvard 
University, her M.Ed, in Severe Special 
Needs at Lesley University, and she 
holds an A.B. from Radcliffe College. 
She joined the faculty in fall 2001 and 
has always embraced the philosophy 
of connected learning in the ways she 
involves her students in projects, 
including the creation of the peer 
tutoring program. The depth of her 
commitment to student success is 
remarkable and a model for the 
entire faculty. 




Marsha Mirkin 

applied for and 
received early 
promotion to 
Associate 
Professor of 
Psychology. She 
earned her Ph.D. 
™^^ in Clinical 
Psychology at the State University of 
New York, Albany and she holds a B.A. 
in Psychology from the State University 
of New York, Stony Brook. She came to 
Lasell in the fall of 2005 and has 
consistently involved students in 
collaborative research projects. She is an 
active proponent of service-learning and 
has done excellent work in helping social 
science students prepare for successful 
careers. She has published five widely 
reviewed and praised books (the most of 
any faculty member at the College). 




Assistant Professor of Mathematics Neil 
Hatem was awarded the Joan Howe 
Weber '52 Professional Development Grant 
and received the Student Government 
Association Thomas E.J. de Witt Spirit 
Award for his love and commitment to 
Lasell that Dr. de Witt so demonstrated. 




In May, Professor Joe Aieta gave the 2008 
Joan Weiler Amow Lecture titled "Science 
as god or the God of Science? The West 
and Islam." 




Associate Professor of English Stephanie 
Athey presented a paper titled "Torture 
Tutorial: Rendition, The Waterboard and 
Media Scenes of Instruction" at the 
Cultural Studies Association at NYU. 




Nyndia Diligent '08 has returned to 
campus as this year's MACC 
Americorps* Vista volunteer. Among 
her responsibilities will be working with 
ACES, (see p. 8) organizing this year's 
Alternative Spring Break, and working 
with the First Year Seminars to bring 
service -learning into the classroom. 



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CampUS Update 






Many Topics Covered 

Former Governor Paul Cellucci 
Visits Campus 



The topic for Former Governor Paul 
Cellucci s visit to my State and Local 
Government class was 'Executive 
Decision Making in a Democracy,'" says 
Political Science Professor Paul DeBole, 
"but it quickly morphed into a 
discussion on the importance of citizen 
participation in a democracy." 

Cellucci also provided some detail about 
his tenure as Ambassador to Canada 
and then threw the floor open to 
questions. "The students asked about 



everything from the likelihood of casino 
gambling in Massachusetts to Governor 
Patrick's ability to keep all of his 
campaign promises, to his relationship 
with President Bush, to U.S. foreign 
policy and foreign aid, and to his take 
on movies," says Professor DeBole. 

"I guess you could say we covered the 
gamut. He was great and so were the 
students. They asked some pretty 
insightful questions and got some 
rather candid answers." W 




Students in Professor Paul DeBole's State and Local Government Class enjoyed their time with 
Former Governor Paul Cellucci. 



A Cut Above 

The Boston Globe Covers 
Heather Delos-Reyes 7 o8 

Everything happened so fast this 
year," says Fashion Design major 
Heather Delos-Reyes '08. For a woman 
who was selected as one of the top 
designers from the area's fashion 
programs for coverage by The Boston 
Globe, had an 11 day-old son, and was 
preparing to graduate in a week, this 
seems an understatement. 



All during her pregnancy Heather was 
busy at work on her senior collection 
called Legacy. "I've always been inspired 
by 15th- and 16th-century costume," she 
says. "I did an internship at Plimoth 
Plantation and I fell in love with their 
sewing techniques. I wanted to make 
something that was more contemporary, 
but still used my love for costume." 

Heather had to search hard for her 
materials. "I found the seal boning for 
the corsetry on line and I had to get 
much of my material in New York." 
The end results were beautifully crafted 
pieces that reflected the aesthetic of 
their different periods. 




Heather Delos-Reyes '08 holds her 
newborn son Hudson as The Boston 
Globe photographer prepares his shoot. 

After such a hectic year, Heather 
planned to spend time with little 
Hudson Joseph this past summer 
before resuming her fashion career. ■« 



Yamawaki Hosts International Exhibit 

Book Artists Interpret the Subject of "Shelter" 



■ ifty artists, some from as far away as 
England and Australia, were selected 
to participate in "Shelter," an 
exhibition of artists' books, which 
opened in April at the Wedeman Art 
Gallery in the Yamawaki Art and 
Cultural Center. "To be the first venue 
for this unique exhibit's east coast tour 
was an honor and an opportunity for 
the College to open its doors to the 
community," says Cultural Center 
Director Richard Bath. "If s the first 
time we have attempted something on 
this scale." 

"What happened was totally amazing," 
says Art Professor Margo Lemieux, 
who along with Professors Maritza 
Farrell and Tore Terrasi, had pieces 
selected for inclusion. "Book art is 
not a large genre but the people 
involved are totally rabid. We did not 
expect to receive so many submissions 
and Veronica Morgan, a book artist 
from Gloucester who curated the 
show, had an enormous amount of 
vision and was responsible for 
advertising internationally." 



Each artist interpreted "Shelter" in a 
very personal way. Some dealt with 
homelessness and foreclosures while 
others headed in a more psychological 
direction. The concept of "book" was 
also stretched. 

Professor Terrasi's piece was titled 
"Bottled Up" and was 12 small vials 
in a case with each botde holding 
a printed strip of paper. "It's an 
exploration of emotion, psychology, 
and desire as they relate to a strained 
relationship over an extended 15 year 
period," he explains. "The text in the 
piece is fragmented conversations, 
emails, and inner thoughts." 

Visitors to the exhibit were asked to put 
on gloves and handle the pieces. "It was 
a show that asked you to move at your 
own pace and to have an intimate 
experience," says Professor Lemieux. 

"As a way of connected learning, I took 
the concept of the exhibit and asked the 
students in my Studio Drawing II class 
to pick a poem or a song that expressed 




(L to R) Lasell Villagers Ann Silverstein and Lee Miller talk to Professor Margo Lemieux about 
"Shelter." Professor Lemieux's entry, "Home for Christmas," is on the table in front of her. 



their ideas of shelter," she continues. 
"They drew charcoal pictures and wrote 
short pieces that reflected their ideas 
and then we displayed them." 

Amanda O' Keefe '08 said, "Shelter 
is an ambiguous word that means 
different things to different people. 



My house has always been my escape 
from the world and so I picked the 
song 'Homeward Bound.'" For both 
the students and the artists, "Shelter" 
focused attention on a universal 
subject and one of humanity's 
most basic needs. « 



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CampUS Update 



Academic Ability and Leadership Recognized 

Jennifer McCormack '09 
Receives National $2000 
Scholarship Award 



I didn't think I stood a chance," 
gushes Athletic Training major Jennifer 
McCormack '09 as she recalls opening 
the letter from the National Athletic 
Trainers Association (NATA) that 
informed her that she had been 
awarded a $2,000 scholarship. 
"Professor Cris Haverty encouraged 
me to apply, but after I sent all the 
materials off I didn't hear anything 
for a few months and I put it out of 
my mind. I never thought I'd win a 
national award." 

Jennifer transferred into Lasell's 
Athletic Training Program during 
her sophomore year and is a Dean's 
List student. "She exhibits a work ethic 
and responsibility for learning that 
I have seldom seen," says Professor 
Haverty. "And, her pleasant easy-going 
nature allows her to work well in a 
group or independently." 

"My clinical experiences at Lasell 
have put me out there in all types of 
settings, "explains Jennifer. "So far I 
have interned at Brandeis, Bentley 
College, and Woburn High School and I 
have been able to evaluate athletes every 
day and develop a rapport with patients, 
administrators, and staff." 

Jennifer has also taken an active role on 
campus. Last February she organized a 
group of athletic training students to 
attend a student leadership conference 




ASEl, 

collsi 



Jennifer McCormack '09 



at Boston University and she is the vice 
president of the Sports Medicine Club. 

"I can use the $2,000 for anything 
academic I want — books, tuition — 
whatever I choose," explains Jennifer. 
"But I thought I should scan the 
letter and the check first, just to 
make me realize and remember 
that this really happened." 'W 



Feeling the Beat 

"Divine Step" Combines Dance, 
Diversity, and Spirit 



I he complex rhythmic sound of feet 
stomping and hands clapping resonates 
from de Witt Hall when "Divine Step" is 
rehearsing. The group was formed in 
November 2007 because of Kathy 
Montrevil '08's love of step dancing and 
is open to anyone who is interested. 
"You just need to love it and be willing 
to try hard," she says. 

Step had its origins in Africa and came 
to the United States with slavery. "It was 
a means of self-expression," Kathy 
explains. "More recently it moved to 
African American fraternities and 
sororities where there were fierce 
competitions, but it is now an art form 
that others enjoy." 

The members of "Divine Step" are a 
diverse group. "It's not just for blacks 
and Hispanics," says Kathy. "Last spring 
we had two Japanese students and one 
male — we welcome one and all. The 
group has fluctuated in number, and 
we've had members who have never 
done it before, but one thing that's 
consistent is the strong friendships 
that are formed." 

The "Divine Step" beat caught the 
attention of President Alexander and he 
asked them if they would perform at his 
inauguration. "This was a huge honor," 
says the team's advisor Sociology 
Professor Jenifer Drew. "They are now 
part of Lasell's history and everyone 
who was there was caught up by their 




"Divine Step" performing at the 
Presidential Inauguration. 

synchronized footwork and hand 
claps. They left the audience inspired 
and breathless." 

"Divine Step" has also taken their talent 
off campus and competed last spring at 
Suffolk University. "Our practice paid 
off and I was pleased with how well we 
did," Kathy says. "We saw what others 
were doing and it was great exposure." 

Last year Kathy was the only senior on 
the team and her leadership has been 
ably taken over by co-captains Kristen 
Brace '09 and Nyomi Russell '09. 
"They are very impressive — very 
autonomous and dependable. It is a 
pleasure to watch them and to work 
with them," says Professor Drew, e 







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Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honors Society that promotes academic 
excellence in order to make the criminal justice system and its practitioners more effective 
and ethical. 



22 Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2008 






CampUS Update 



Learning Increases Self-Esteem and Changes Lives 



Lasell Professors Teach in BU Prison Education Program 



It's the essence of teaching," says 
Lasell Sociology Professor Jenifer Drew, 
Ph.D., who serves as the program 
coordinator for the Boston University 
Prison Education Program and teaches 
Sociology and Criminal Justice courses 
there as well. "The student prisoners 
want to be there and they love to learn. 
As a teacher, I see them change 
cognitively. Their view of the world 
expands and they are able to put 
themselves in a larger context. Also, 
as they take classes their self-esteem 
climbs and they are able to forgive 
themselves a little." 

The BU Program is run by the 
University's Metropolitan College. 
It is offered at two medium security 
men's state prisons (MCI/Norfolk 
and MCI/Bay State) as well as at the 
state's only prison for women, 
MCI/Framingham, and at the South 
Middlesex Pre-Release Center for 
Women in Framingham. 

"Each institute has its own ethos and 
we have to figure out what works best 
at a particular site," explains Professor 
Drew. "As professors, we are used to 
autonomy and having a certain status 
but this doesn't work in the prison 
system. Security is their first concern 
and there are rules that don't make 
sense to us as educators. For instance, 



professors aren't allowed to wear 
watches, must have their bags searched, 
and be "patted down" before they can 
proceed to the classroom. 

Competition to get into the BU program 
is fierce. Prisoners must complete an 
entry examination and take preparatory 
courses before matriculating into the 
college curriculum. Over the years, BU 
has offered approximately 600 courses 
in a variety of disciplines and recently, 
as program coordinator, Professor Drew 
has trained native-speaking BU Prison 
Program graduates to serve as teaching 
assistants in a four-semester Spanish 
curriculum at Norfolk Prison. 

"I've taught them pedagogy: how to 
write syllabi, put together quizzes and 
grade students. In fact, I've managed to 
make myself redundant," she laughs. 
"I'm now there to back them up and 
protect them by making tough 
decisions. I am very proud of all they 
have accomplished and of their 
successes. One star example is a 
prisoner who plans to return to the 
Dominican Republic upon his release 
and hopes to start a school. 

"Education means much more to the 
students in the program than to other 
people," Professor Drew continues. 
"They enter the system feeling that they 




(L to R) Prison educators Professors Edward Sieh, Jenifer Drew, Helen Alcala, and Joe Aieta. 



have let their families down and getting 
through college and graduating is really 
something for them. This is why I find 
them waiting at the doorstep before 
class begins." 

Lasell students from Professor Drew's 
Justice, Class, Race and Gender course 
have accompanied her to Norfolk and 
she has invited former prisoners who 
are graduates of the BU Program to 
speak to her classes at the College. "The 
reality of the prison world is different 
from what the Lasell students have 
perceived. Both sides can learn a lot by 
seeing and talking to each other." 



Professor Drew has recruited Professors 
Joe Aieta, Helen Alcala and Edward 
Sieh to become teachers in the BU 
program and they have found that they 
are teaching and learning more than 
what is covered in their syllabi. "I have 
come to see how very important human 
dignity is to the prisoners and they have 
learned that no one is the sum total of 
their worst deeds. The prison education 
program provides a quality education 
but also offers an important 
rehabilitative resource," says Criminal 
Justice Professor Edward Sieh. 1> 



Urges Students to Refine Writing Skills 

Chief Investigative Reporter for TV's Inside Edition Matt Meagher Speaks 



The students at the annual 
Communication Department Advisory 
Board Dinner had the opportunity to 
hear and learn from Matt Meagher, 
chief investigative reporter for Inside 



Edition. In his remarks, Meagher urged 
all who intend to enter the field of 
journalism to "...learn to be good 
writers! Do your research and know 
how to tell a story." 




(L to R) Investigative reporter Matt Meagher, Communication Department Chair Janice 
Barrett, and Laura Thomas '08. 



Meagher described how the field of 
TV news has changed dramatically since 
he began at Inside Edition nearly 20 
years ago. "Today, TV has to have 
dramatic video footage, seven second 
sound bites and a strong presence on 
the web. When we finish a story that is 
aired, I have to blog about it on our 
website, which is good, because we can 
extend our coverage with more video 
footage and commentary." 

He encouraged the students to secure 
the best possible internships and to look 
outside major media markets in order to 
break into the broadcast news business. 
He pointed to Lasell senior Laura 
Thomas as an excellent example. Laura 
interned at a TV station in Maine and 
she performed so well that the station 
offered her a position as an on air 
correspondent beginning last May. 

An eight-time Emmy Award winner 
and an Alfred I. DuPont Award 
recipient, Meagher is best known for 
his hard-hitting journalistic style. He 



typically covers stories on consumer 
scams and safety issues and also covers 
stories where the action is, including 
hot spots like Lebanon, Israel, 
Afghanistan, and Iraq. 

Before Meagher spoke, students had 
time to network with many other 
professionals from the communications 
field who are members of Lasell's 
Communication Advisory Board. There 
were representatives from public 
relations, graphic design, and TV. 

At the end of the evening the 
Communication Department awards 
were announced. Christina Rossi '08, 
Editor in Chief, and Camille Gillman 
'08, Layout Editor, received awards 
for their work on the student newspaper 
1851 Chronicle; Austin Traina '09 
was named the DJ of the year for the 
Lasell radio station; and Andrew 
Gundlach '08, creative director of 
Polished Magazine, was named an 
award winner. 'W 



Fall 2008 



Lasell Leaves 2X 



CampUS Update 



Outstanding Essays 

Awards Celebrate Student Writing 



It was standing room only for the 
presentation of the Ruth Paetz Braun 
'54 Connected Learning Awards and 
the Diane Donatio Memorial Writing 
Awards during this past May's 
Symposium week. The winning essays 
were written by students from a variety 
of majors and, as they read their pieces, 
the audience was struck by their 
thoughtfulness and insight. 

Ruth Paetz Braun '54 established her 
awards in recognition of her 50th 
reunion and they were first presented in 
2005. Winners are selected from a 400 
level class a 2-300 level class, and a 
1-200 level class and they each receive 
a cash prize. This year, Ruth generously 
donated additional funds to her awards 
program and she flew from her home 
in Saginaw, MI to attend the ceremony. 
The winners were Chelsea Comeau '08, 
Robert Hansen '09 and Kyley Dolan 'n. 

The Diane Donatio Memorial 
Writing Awards were established by 
family and friends in her memory and 
they recently added to the fund. Diane 
was an exceptionally talented teacher 
who always wanted her students to 
succeed. She particularly enjoyed her 
Writing I class and so the awards are 
given to the writers of outstanding 
essays from that class, as selected by a 
committee of Writing faculty members. 
This year's winners were Emilie 
Boucher '11, Lauren Ennis '11, and 
Brittanie Allen '11. * 




Winners Brittanie Allen '11 and Lauren 
Ennis '11 stand with the family and friends 
of the late Professor Diane Donatio. 
Missing is Emilie Boucher '11. 




Winners Rob Hansen 'og and Kyley 
Dolan '11 stand with Ruth Paetz Braun 
'54. Missing is Chelsea Comeau '08. 







Construction began in June on the two new Woodland Road residence halls. Students are 
scheduled to move in by September 2009. 



Active Adult Housing Industry Expert 

Myril Bennett Raves About Lasell 
Village in 50+ Housing Magazine 



I never expected to live in a 
residential community," says Villager 
Myril Bennett, "but I am so lucky to be 
here — in this vital, caring, and 
welcoming environment. I have been 
involved in active adult housing for 
more than 30 years, working with 
builders and seeing what works and 
what doesn't. I know all the problems 
and I recently wrote an article for 50+ 
Housing Magazine about Lasell Village 
because I am so excited by my 
surroundings and it's so easy for me 
to see what is being done right." 

Always a writer, Myril went to work for 
ad agencies once her children went off 
to school. "I found myself moonlighting 
for the building industry, so I began 
consulting and that was the start of a 
whole new career," she explains. "My 
focus was active adult communities 
which were, at that time, a new 
concept for designing homes and 
neighborhoods especially keyed to 
older home buyers (55 and over) and 
their particular needs and wants at 
this stage of their lives." 

While consulting, Myril wrote for 
Builder and Professional Builder, the 
primary publications for the industry. 
She was also the editor and frequent 
contributor to Seniors' Housing News. 
As building for seniors became an 
increasingly important part of the 
industry, she was asked to compile a 
book, The Best of Senior Housing News, 
to provide a hands-on guide for builders 




Villager Myril Bennett and a copy of 
50+ Housing. 

and developers wanting to understand 
and build for seniors. 

In 2004, Myril was given a Lifetime 
Achievement Award by the National 
Association of Home Builders for her 
contributions to the senior housing 
industry. She is an "industry guru," 
says Todd Harff Certified Active 
Adult Specialist in Housing. 

"When I was consulting, Continuing 
Care Retirement Community's seemed 
so far out there for the active adult 
population," says Myril. "But now I 
think there is a real opportunity for 
builders and colleges to get together and 
I wrote the article to tout the advantages 
of linking the two. As I sit in my living 
room, I see students walking by and I 
know I will be meeting others in class. 
I am living in a place where I interact 
with people of all ages and all phases of 
life and I want to spread the news about 
the richness of the Village." W 




The Donahue Institute and SAFE (Students Advocating for Equality) had Cheryl Jacques 
speak on "The Gay Civil Rights Movement — where we are, where we have been, and 
where we are going." Ms. Jacques was the first openly gay State Senator in Massachusetts 
history and served as the President of the Human Rights Campaigix in Washington D.C. 
(L to R) Cheryl Jacques and Donahue Institute Director Tessa LeRoux. 



24. Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2008 








Message from Karen Gill, 
Director of Alumni Relations 



Office of Alumni Relations 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

alumni@lasell.edu 
www.lasellalumni.org 



Hello Lasell Alumni - 

Talk about energy! The campus was 
jumping over Reunion Weekend! 
A record number of 50th reunion 
classmates stayed overnight on campus 
and we gave them their own brand 
new residence hall to use as their 
headquarters for the weekend. The 
catering kitchen for all their provisions, 
elevators and roof top-deck made for 
an enjoyable venue to reminisce and 
make future plans to meet and do it 
all over again! 

We also have seen many new faces 
among our "regulars" at other events 
such as the Red Sox games in both 
Boston and Baltimore, GOLD events, 



the Fashion Show reception, the 
Inauguration of President Michael 
Alexander, and new event venues 
around the country including: Los 
Angeles, San Diego, and Honolulu. 

If you have not attended an alumni 
event recently, please do. I think you 
will be remarkably impressed with all 
the campus news and energy that has 
become your "Lasell." 



Thanks, 



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Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Relations 





Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

alumni@lasell.edu 
www.lasellalumni.org 







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Message from the President 
of the Board of Management 



Dear Alums, 

I his year at Reunion we began a very 
exciting oral history project. We would 
love to have YOU involved. 

All reunion attendees were given the 
opportunity to get their stories recorded 
for prosperity. Classmates interviewed 
classmates and I was able be our very 
own "Barbara Walters" when needed. 
People talked about their experiences 
while attending Lasell and, trust me, not 
all stories were PG-13! From favorite 
courses and professors, deans, dress 
codes, beanies, first loves, sports, 
drinking games, and ice sculptures, you 
could almost hear the laughter echo 
throughout campus. Stories were 
dedicated to classmates who have 
passed or ones with whom we have lost 
touch. Folks who had never been in a 
radio station or a recording booth got to 
see what amazing equipment is now 
available to our students. This project 
could not have happened without 
Communication Professor Brian 
Wardyga who was our guide, so once 
again, thanks! 

We would love to offer as many alums 
as we can this opportunity throughout 
the year. An actual interview takes only 
about 15 minutes. So if you are 
interested, please contact 
Radio@Urit.org to schedule an 
interview. You may have just graduated 
or this could be your reunion year — we 



have NO RULES and we just want to 
capture your Lasell memories. 

Our goal is to broadcast the stories on 
Lasell Radio as "PSAs" (public service 
announcements) so that our community 
can listen and learn from your 
experiences — poignant or funny, 
serious or sad. It is our history and 
traditions that keep us strong and this is 
a way to keep passing them down from 
generation to generation. 

Each and every one of us is an 
important part of the fabric of Lasell. 
Without your presence on campus we 
would NOT be where we are today. 
We have all left a mark, and this project 
gives us a chance to celebrate that! 

Warmly, 

Urit Chaimovitz, Class of '98 

P.S. As always, if you have any ideas 
or suggestions on how to keep 
improving our alumni programming 
please contact us!! 






Lasell Alumni 
Online Community 



Please go to 
www.lasellalumni.org, 

log in, enter your password 
and update your profile page 
to be sure your information 
is current. 

If you are NEW to the 
community, please contact 
alumni@laseli.edu for your 
unique ID number, then you 
can login: 

• Cotowww.lasellalumni.org 

• Click "First Time Login" on 
the upper left side of the page 

• Enter your last name and 
select your record 

• Enter your unique ID number 

• Update your profile and get 
busy reconnecting! 

Community Features include: 

• Email forwarding-for-life 

• Member directories, message 
boards &. real-time chats 

• Online clubs and mentoring 

• Networking, business card 
exchange & job listings 

• Donations online 

• Reunion planning and event 
calendars, photo albums 

• Downloadable "Lasell Leaves" 
and publications 

We also understand that you 
may not wish to be listed in 
Lasell's Online Community 
and/or receive messages from 
Lasell and you certainly have 
the option to be removed. 



Simply reply back to this 
message with "Please remove 
me from Online Community" 
in the subject line and we will 
do so. 

We hope you enjoy the Lasell 
Online Community experience! 




Fall 2008 



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Past Alumni Events... 




Legacy Connections -Allison Faria '08 and her mother, 
Paula Mastin Faria '84 and Dottie Faggas Powers 'j8 and 
her daughter, Dottie Powers '08 sat together at the 
inaugural Legacy breakfast on the morning of 
Commencement. 




Nicole Ruggiero '08 and her parents at the President's 
Fashion Show reception. 



Marina Rowe Seitsinger 'jg and her daughter, Kerith 
Seitsinger '11 shared a Lasell legacy moment at the Fashion 
Show reception. 




Robert Reginald '08 and Tiffany Perla 'og, Reunion 
Ambassadors, awaited the arrival of 60 GOLD alumni 
(Graduates of the Last Decade) at the Cherry Tree in West 
Newton, where they networked and socialized during 
Reunion Weekend. 




Twenty-five Lasell College alums/friends went to Camden 
Yards in Baltimore in June to see the Red Sox play the 
Orioles. The Sox won 9-4. We plan to make this an 
annual event. (L to R) Mike Unwin '06, Keith Tower 05, 
and a friend. 



At a Red Sox game at Fenway in June, Alumni Board of 
Management members Marcia Keyes Tucker '64 and Bonnie 
Berman Wugman 'j2 sat with their husbands, John and 
Mark respectively. 







Overseer Harriet Markham Wedeman '48 generously sponsored the group at the Outrigger A Los Angeles gathering with President Michael Alexander. 

Club in Honolulu. 



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Allimni Relations 



Alumni Reunion Weekend 2008 




Connie Hatch Herron '38, Arlene Wishart 
Sylvester '38, Susan Scichilone Presti 
'88/94 and Michael Alexander prepare 
for the class parade. 




The Gardner Girls from '38 still have a 
strong bond 30 years later. 



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welcomes alumni to campus for Reunion 
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The ivine tasting event was informative and tasty! 



Catching up with friends, there is no substitute! 



The Class of '83 indoctrinates a future alum. 




Singers from all decades participated in the concert. 




More singers bonded with the Alma Mater. 



Guest conductors were Gail Winalski Burd '38 and Betty 
Anderson Fairchild '38. 




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TTie Alumni Fashion Show featured children's clothing 
created by Mary Pat Smyth '04. 



The President's champagne toast to the 30th reunion 
class, 1958. 



Bubbles add to Commencement's festive air. 



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Alumni Relations 



Patti Beck Bishop '97 Receives the 2008 Medallion 




Patti Beck Bishop 'gj receives the Lasell 
Medallion from President Alexander. 

Patti Beck Bishop's enthusiasm and 
love for Lasell shines through 
whenever she speaks of her alma 
mater. Before she graduated in 1997, 
the College recognized her special 
abilities and deep involvement by 
awarding her the Lasell Lamp, the 
Lasell Chair, and the Lasell Bowl. 

A natural ambassador, Patti worked in 
the Admissions Office as a student 
and again after graduating. 
Recognizing her talents and 
dedication, Vice President for 
Enrollment Management Kate 
O'Connor asked her if she would be 



interested in joining the Alumni Board 
of Management and Trustee Nancy 
Curtis Grellier '49 enthusiastically 
backed the suggestion. 

In 1998, Patti joined the Alumni Board 
and it didn't take long for the group to 
recognize Parti's special qualities, 
including her boundless energy and 
spirit. She became the Vice President 
in 2001 and the President in 2003. 
Under her leadership, the Board was 
revitalized. Patti soon recruited new 
members, many of whom were recent 
graduates, and made changes to 
the by-laws. 

Not satisfied by just being on the Board 
of Management, Patti was an integral 
part of Lasell' s Sesquicentennial 
planning committee. No doubt she 
remembers the Founders' Day 
celebration that kicked off the year-long 
celebration. One of the College's 
famous war canoes was filled with ice 
cream and, as Patti was lending a hand 
during clean up, she slipped and, rumor 
has it, she fell into a bucket of 
chocolate. It was a sweet ending to a 
memorable day. 



The College did not want to lose her 

vitality and much valued input after she 

stepped down from the Presidency 

of the Board of 

Management. While 

continuing to serve on 

the Board of 

Management as a 

Director, in October 

2007 she also 

joined the Board of 

Overseers. And Patti 

didn't waste any time 

stepping up to the 

plate. She will begin a 

three-year term as Chairman 

of the Board of Overseers when Robin 

Parry steps down this October. 

Patti is as dedicated to her "other" life as 
she is to Lasell and she has constantly 
risen to new challenges. After 
graduation she entered the executive 
training program at WantAd 
Publications and she is currently the 
Supervisor of Call Services there, 
putting her exceptional interpersonal 
skills to work. W 




Call for Nominations 
for Lasell Medallion 



Each year a committee 
appointed by the Alumni 
Association's Board of 
Management selects 
individuals to 
receive the Lasell 
Medallion. The 
bronze award 
may be presented 
to "any member of 
the Lasell family who, 
by virtue of distinguished 
service to the College or 
society at large, has brought 
added honor to the name 
Lasell." Nominations for the 
2009 award, which will be 
presented at Reunion 
Convocation on May 16, 
should be sent to the Office 
of Alumni Relations. 



Alumni Association Scholarships Awarded 




The recipients of Alumni Association 
Scholarships are returning students 
who have financial need and have 
demonstrated their outstanding ability 
as scholars. They were selected from a 
competitive pool of applicants and 
bring a wide range of talents to the 
Lasell community. 

Kristen Brace '09 is 

double majoring in 
Accounting and 
Criminal Justice 
and has a minor in 
Forensics. She has 
been involved with 
the Multicultural Student Union since 
her freshman year and is now 
president of the organization, whose 
mission is to create an appreciation 
for diversity in the Lasell community. 
During the year, Kirsten was involved 
in organizing ethnic food fests, one for 
Hispanic Heritage Month and another 
for Black History Month. Another 
successful event was the Lyricist 
Lounge where students from across 
the campus participated in the reading 
of poetry and the spoken word. Kristen 
is also co-captain of Divine Step, 
whose routines require long hours 
of practice and have brought an 
invigorating diversity to the campus. 




The group performed at the 
Presidential Inauguration. 

Honors student 
and Fashion 
Design major 
Erica Desautels 

'09 is a woman 
with many 
interests. She is a 
concerned citizen and as president of 
SAFE (Students Advocating For 
Equality) she has done a tremendous 
amount of work on campus to 
address issues of physical safety, safe 
sex, homophobia, and tolerance. 
As the student office co-manager for 
the Center for Community-Based 
Learning she has her finger on the 
pulse of all the service-learning 
events on campus and she has 
participated in two of the Center- 
sponsored Alternate Spring Break 
programs. She went to Washington 
D.C. in March of 2007 to work at the 
Dinner Program for Homeless 
Woman and the D.C. Central Kitchen 
and, this past March, she traveled to 
Chicago, IL where the group spent 
time with Vital Bridges, an 
organization that serves people 
impacted by HIV and AIDS. She has 
also been part of Lasell's "Shoulder 
to Shoulder" program in Mexico. 




Patrick J. Jordan-Quern 10, known as 
P. J., is a student 
who enjoys 
talking to people 
and making 
connections. By 
nature he is 
drawn to service 
activities and worked at a homeless 
shelter during his freshman year. 
"I'm from Newton," he says, "and I 
like the idea of Lasell being part of 
the Newton community. It gives me 
the opportunity to give back. I went 
to the Newton Boys and Girls Club 
when I was young and now I'm able 
to coach basketball there." Besides 
his coaching duties, P.J. also helped 
organize the Club's Basketball 
Marathon, a fundraiser where 
games run for 12 hours straight. 
P.J. is an Athletic Training major 
and did clinicals at both Brandeis 
and Babson last year. He will be a 
Resident Advisor in Butterworth 
Hall in the fall. 

Valerie Patterson 

'10 is a History 
major with a 
lot of outside 
interests. She is 
in the mentoring 
program for the 
youngsters at The Second 
Step, a non-profit which provides 





transitional housing and supportive 
services for survivors of domestic 
violence and their children. She also 
finds time to tutor English as a 
Second Language to the students in 
the Embassy CES program that is 
located on Lasell's campus. Valerie 
lives in Lasell's community service 
house and has been active in SAFE. 

Felicia Tempesta 

'09 is a 

Communication 
major who has 
taken the time 
to explore many 
of the College's 
academic offerings. "I started in 
Fashion Merchandising and then 
changed my mind twice before 
settling on Communication," she 
explains. "Now I've really settled in 
and am specializing in multi-media 
and web design and I was very 
pleased to be asked to design the 
Communication Department web 
page." Felicia has lived in Lasell's 
community service house for two 
years, has been part of the America 
Reads program, and has traveled to 
Mexico with "Shoulder to Shoulder" 
on the College's January alternative 
break. She has also managed to get 
her real estate license. "It's just 
something to fall back on," she says. 



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Relations 



The 2008 Fundraising Basket Winners 



The Lasell Alumni Association sponsored "FU/VDRAISING BASKETS' 
and a silent auction on Reunion Weekend and the proceeds 
(over $2,700) benefited the Alumni Student Scholarship Fund. 
Basket Winner 



Ann Reeves Burton '58 



Pinch-Hitting 



Children's Basket 


Evelyn Garcia '03 


Hair Salon Package 


Jackie Hoffmeier Lee '68 


Ice Cream Basket 


Stephanie Kana '08 


Tween Girl Basket 


Marge Beck 


Lasell Basket 


Sue Allen Busa '58 


jazzman's Tea Basket 


Caroline Knoener-Skowronek '83 


Gardening Basket 


Heather Heath Reed '68 


Gone Fishing! Basket 


Jenifer Drew 


Appletini Basket 


Stephanie Pendleton '68 


Tee It Up! Basket 


Courtney Katsiaficas '05 


Only 221 Shopping Days Left 'Til Christmas 


Betty Anderson Fairchild '58 


BBQTime Basket 


Kathryn Morgan Lucey '67 


Summer Fun Basket 


Michael Muldowney 




Cape Cod Cottage Week in Chatham, MA Tom Koerber 



Ann Reeves Burton'58, entertained some 30 
Lasell reunioners at her seminar "It's All 
About Retail: Attracting, Building and 
Keeping Customers. " The seminar was 
based on the book Ann has written with 
the same title. 



Upcoming Alumni Gatherings 



If you would be interested in 
sponsoring or helping to 
organize an alumni event in the 
future, please contact the 
Alumni Relations Office. Please 
email the Alumni Relations 
Office at alumni@lasell.edu 
with any address changes or 
class notes. 



Florida - We plan to be in Florida during 
the first week of February, 2009, for 
events. If you have not heard from us 
about a reception near you, we must not 
have your Florida address, so please 
contact us. 



We will be obtaining 
group tickets for the 
2008 World Champion 
Boston Celtics in the 




LARZ ANDERSON 
AUTO MUSEUM 




MOOKUNl WASSA IHMTls 



Leadership 
Recognition Dinner 

at the Larz Anderson 
Auto Museum, 
Brookline, MA. 
Monday, October 27. 
By invitation only. 



coming season 
Stay tuned! 



May 15-17, 2009 - 
Reunion/Commencement Weekend. 

Check: 

www.lasellalumni.org/reunion2009 
for more information 



Family, Friends 

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We look forward to seeing you at Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend! 




John Kelty, husband of Virginia White 
Kelty '68, right, gets an appreciative bottle 
of wine from Alumni Relations Director 
Karen Gill following his pinch-hitting for a 
professor who was hospitalized and unable 
to lead a seminar titled, "Forensic 
Psychology, Mental Health, and the Law. " 
Kelty is a psychologist at the Home for 
Little Wanderers in Boston and graciously 
agreed to run the hour-long program in 
the absence of the professor. The seminar 
attendees gave him a rousing ovation 
following his knowledgeable, enlightening, 
and off-the-cuff presentation. "Talk about 
impressive, " said one alumna who 
participated. "It was as fun as it was 
informative. " 



Mark your calendars for 
the following fun events! 

Saturday, October 18 

8:00 a.m. Alumni Soccer & 
Lacrosse games 

10:30 - 11:30 Rockwell Hall Rooftop 
Alumni Athlete 
Continental Breakfast 

11:30 Class of 2008 Gift 
Presentation - 
Campus Center 

12:30 - 3:30 FallFEST and B-B-Q 
Wass Hall Patio 

6:00 Dinner and drinks at 
The Cherry Tree, 
1349 Washington Street, 
Newton, MA 

Sunday, October 19 



11:00 a.m. 



River Day Feast 
and Races, Stoller 
Boat House 



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Lasell Leaves 2Q 



Major Gifts and Planned Giving 




Making a Difference in the Current Economy 

Harriet (Honey) Markham 
Wedeman '48 Adds to Her 
Endowed Scholarship in Honor of 
Reunion 2008 



Special Assistant to the 
President for Leadership 
Development 

For information on Major 
and Planned Gifts, without 
obligation, please contact: 

Katharine Urner-Jones '83 

Lasell College 

Office of Institutional Advancement 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 

Newton, MA 02466-2716 

(617) 243-2223 

Fax (617) 243-2383 

kurnerjones@lasell.edu 



In today's tight credit market students 
are scrambling to fill the funding gap. 
Endowed scholarships make a 
tremendous difference to the deserving 
recipients but sometimes the amount 
they were originally funded with does 
not go as far as it used to. 

"With today's interest rates and the 
difficulty in obtaining loans, our 
students need more financial help to 
pay for college. This is why, in honor of 
my recent Lasell reunion, I decided to 
increase the amount of the Wedeman 
Endowed Scholarship and I encourage 
others to do the same. What used to be 
the minimum amount simply does not 
yield enough," says Honey. 

"When I get letters from the recipients 
of my scholarship they make the 
students come alive for me. Students 
are the lifeblood of the College and our 
pool of scholarship funds must be 
increased. I urge others to join me in 
this very important undertaking." 





Harriet (Honey) Markham Wedeman '48 
and her pug Ivan. 



"Every dollar is helpful," says Director 
of Student Financial Planning Michele 
Kosbofh. "The scholarship money 
reduces the amount these students have 
to borrow and gives them some leeway 
as they face increasing expenses. I know 
how appreciative they are." ¥ 



Wedeman Scholarship 



Lauren 
Tousignant '09 

is this year's 
recipient of 
the Wedeman 
Endowed 
Scholarship. 
An English 
major with a Secondary Education 
concentration, Lauren is also a 
member of the Honors program 
and is very active on campus. 
Last year she was part of the 
groundbreaking team of Education 
students that lead the first-ever 
student designed and taught 
course on the genocide in Darfur. 
She has just started her third year 
as a Resident Assistant, is a 
member of Amnesty International, 
and she works at the Lasell radio 
station as a DJ and Music Director. 
"I am so thankful for this generous 
scholarship that is helping me to 
stay at Lasell and prepare me for 
my career," she says. ¥ 



Supporting Educational Excellence for Reunion 2008 

Alumni Make Multiple Charitable Gift Annuities 



Elizabeth Gorton Collier '43 has strong 
ties to Lasell and she has remained 
connected to the school both 
philanthropically and emotionally. Her 
mother was a member of the Class of 
1916 and she wanted her two daughters, 
Betty and Nancy Gorton Ross '42, to 
attend the College. "Mother was a 
widow and Lasell awarded me a 
scholarship, which was very helpful," 
Betty recalls. 




Elizabeth Gorton Collier 43. 



"I have many memories from those 
years. Nancy and I both attended 
Woodland Park School which was 
closely affiliated with Lasell. Our 
naughty streak came out when we 
thought it would be fun to hide the caps 
and gowns of the top class officers of 
the College. Our prank upset the time 
schedule for the ceremony. We were 
glad that no one tried the same stunt 
when it was our time to graduate!" 

Betty went on to Smith College, but she 
never forgot Lasell. In 2000, at her 
husband Stan's suggestion, she made 
her first gift annuity. "He thought that 
Lasell was very well managed and he 
knew our gift would make a difference 
to the College," she says. 

In 2008, for her 65th reunion, Betty 
established a second annuity. "Lasell 
has been meaningful to my family and 
I want to give something back. With an 
annuity I will receive lifetime payments 
so helping Lasell in this way is a great 
idea as far as I'm concerned." 



Nancy Larsen Bailey '48 and her 

husband Jim have shown their 
commitment to Lasell by funding three 
charitable gift annuities, the last of 
which was in honor of her 60th 
reunion. "We feel strongly about the 
future of the school," says Nancy. 
"We are so impressed by what President 
de Witt did for the College and we 
hope our gifts will help Lasell continue 
to thrive." 

Nancy has always been a busy and 
engaged woman. At Lasell, she took 
a full load of science courses and 
labs while still managing to excel in 
athletics and to sing with the Orphean 
Club. Since graduating, she has kept 
up with her college friendships, 
attended alumni events, and written 
letters regarding planned giving to 
her classmates. 

"I've been pleasantly surprised by all the 
new Lasell friends I have made along 
the way who weren't in my class." she 
says. "I've met them at church and in 
the neighborhood. We all share a 
common bond and have become very 
close — they are people I know I can 
always depend on." 




Jim and Nancy Larsen Bailey '48. 

Nancy and fim consider themselves 
fortunate to have children who are 
independent and doing well. "Not 
having to worry about them has put us 
in a position to make philanthropic gifts 
to Lasell. We chose charitable gift 
annuities because they support the 
College and the unique educational 
experience it offers its students, and 
they give back to us as well." 



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Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2008 



Annual Fund 







Annual Fund Office 

1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2165 
Fax: (617) 243-2383 

mwalmsley@laseil.edu 




Message from Michelle Walmsley: 

Director of Annual Giving 

On behalf of the entire Lasell 
community, thank you for your support 
in making Fiscal Year '08, (which ended 
on June 30) a record breaking year for 
the Annual Fund. Total donations were 
$614,150, $29,000 ahead of the goal for 
that fiscal year. With your continued 
support, Lasell is able to provide strong 
financial aid packages for our students, 
as it has become increasingly difficult 
for students to fund their college 
educations. Beyond financial aid, 
your generosity is helping to hire top 
faculty and to maintain Lasell's 
beautiful campus. 





The Lasell College Phonathon began on September 2g. We want to talk to you about how 
you can make a difference in the lives of current students and update you on activities, 
events, and ways you can stay connected to Lasell. Talk to you soon! 



Jan- Marie Murray Arrives as Assistant Director of Annual Giving 




Jan-Marie Murray 
has joined the 
Institutional 
Advancement staff 
as the assistant 
director of Annual 
Giving. She has 

been in development for 11 years, 

starting when she was an 

undergraduate at Framingham State 



College. "I began my career in 
fundraising as a phonathon caller and 
also worked in the development office 
in other capacities for all four years I 
was there," she recalls. 

After graduation, Jan-Marie worked in 
the Annual Fund office at Tufts 
University. "It was a big department 
and I helped out in many areas and was 



given a lot of independent 
responsibility," she says. "I ended my 
time there as Assistant Director of 
Stewardship and Donor Retention." 
Most recently, Jan-Marie was the Annual 
Giving Manager for Partners Home 
Care and Hospice in Waltham, MA. 

"I am delighted to be back in higher 
education because that is where my 



passion is," she explains. Working with 
our current students, Jan-Marie will run 
the Lasell College Phonathon, the 
Senior Class Gift Program, and will 
organize Lasell's Graduates of the Last 
Decade (GOLD) program. She can be 
reached at (617) 243-2282 or at 
jmurray@lasell.edu. W 



Planned Giving (Continued from page 30) 



Bequests: Leaving a Legacy 



We are pleased to continue our series 
of bequest donor profiles in this edition 
of Leaves. These thoughtful individuals 
chose to support Lasell by making a 
provision in their will or trust to 
support the College at their death. 
Each loved their alma mater and 
believed in its future. We are grateful 
for their foresight and generosity. 

Together, our featured donors 
bequeathed $241,000 to Lasell. 
We hope they inspire you to consider 
bequest support as part of your 
philanthropic planning. For more 
information or to request a bequest 
language handout, please call or 
e-mail Kurnerjones@lasell.edu. 




Robert Taylor's wife, 
Molly Upham Menges 
Taylor, Class of 1935, 
passed away almost 
ten years ago. Molly 
was a wonderful 
friend and generous 
donor to Lasell during her lifetime, 
establishing the Molly E. Upham '35 
Endowed Scholarship in 1994. She was 
quoted as saying at the time of the gift, 
"I attended Woodland Park School for 
four years and Lasell for another two 
years. I loved it, and often think with 
affection and respect of the faculty and 
the College." 

In her estate plan, Molly included a 
trust to make lifetime payments to her 
husband Bob. He was a proud 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
graduate, but he also developed a real 
affection for Lasell during his marriage 
to Molly. He often accompanied her to 
Lasell alumni events in Florida, where 
they resided, and they visited campus 



shortly after their marriage in 1995. 
After Molly's passing, he stayed in 
touch with Lasell and the College was 
delighted to include him in Florida 
events as an "honorary alumnus." 

Sadly, Bob died in Florida in December 
2007. The Upham Taylor legacy to 
Lasell lives on, however. Every year in 
perpetuity, deserving young Lasell 
students are able to attend the College 
thanks to the Upham Scholarship, and 
this past spring, Lasell's endowment 
received approximately $146,000 from 
the trust that Molly created decades ago 
to benefit her husband and, finally, her 
alma mater. The Taylors' generous spirit 
continues on at Lasell. 



HH^^^ Lucille Huse 

^^^. Chappell '37 had a 
love for Lasell 
College. To 
demonstrate that 
passion for her alma 
mater, Lucille made 
plans in her will to establish the "Lucille 
Huse Chappell '37 Scholarship" to 
support students with financial need. 



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She made her gift by will in 1997 in 
recognition of her 60th Reunion. 
Lucille was a "day hop" and credits 
Lasell with her professional success 
because it is where she took and loved 
her first biology course. After 
graduating from Lasell, Lucille went on 
to Massachusetts General Hospital and 
was trained to work in a cytology lab. 
Eventually, Lucille supervised cytology 
labs in 300 Illinois hospitals — a career 
she held for 35 years until her 
retirement in 1985. Her yearbook 
inscription read, "retiring, but lots of 
fun, a mind of her own." Lucille passed 
away in November of 2006. At the time 
that she established the bequest, the 
value of her gift was approximately 
$95,000. The College anticipates 
receiving the distribution by year end. 



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Lasell Leaves \ I 



SpOrtS Lasell College 



Message from the Athletic Director 




Office of Athletics 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2147 
fax (617) 243-2037 

kwalter@lasell.edu 



The Lasell College Athletic Department 
is thrilled to announce some exciting new 
changes that will be taking place this year. 
With one season as a club team under 
their belt, the Laser baseball team is set to 
compete in the GNAC for the first time as 
a NCAA varsity sport in spring 2009. 
The Lasers are also proud to announce 
that a new mascot and logo will be 
unveiled early ]this year which will help 
to unite the programs under their new 
emblem. And finally, the Athletic 
Department is pleased to introduce 
two new full-time staff members to the 
Lasell Community. 

Baseball will be the 13th varsity sport that 
Lasell sponsors in NCAA Division III 
competition. The Lasers will compete in 
24 games in the northeast, and are also 
set to travel to San Antonio, Texas for 
spring training. Second year Head Coach 



Jim Dolan will continue to lead the 
squad into this uncharted territory in 
hopes of creating a great baseball 
tradition on campus. 

Not much can be revealed at this time 
about the new logo. However, the 
committee that was assembled to create 
a new look for the symbol is excited 
about the finished product. Lasell will 
still be the home of the Lasers — the 
idea behind the change was to evolve 
the concept of the Laser into something 
concrete. Once the design has been 
released, the Athletic Department 
will be using it for their upcoming 
publications and apparel. Keep an eye 
out for the new mascot and logo to be 
released sometime this fall. 

Rounding out the changes to the 
athletic department is the hiring of two 



new staff members. Marushka Eddy has 
been hired as head coach of both the 
women's lacrosse and the field hockey 
programs at Lasell. Eddy comes most 
recently from SUNY Oswego, where 
she spent two years as the head coach 
of the field hockey and lacrosse teams. 
Janice Coppolino will be filling the role 
of Director of Sports Information for 
the Lasers. Coppolino is a graduate of 
Framingham State College, where she 
was a two sport, standout-athlete for the 
Rams. She is no stranger to Lasell 
Athletics, as she was a coach for the 
Lasers' women's basketball team during 
the 2004-2005 season. 




Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 



Men's Lacrosse 

Overall Record: 10-7 
Pilgrim League Record: 4-3 

Mead Coach Tim Dunton led his 
team to their fourth ECAC tournament. 
They were seeded number three and 
advanced to the finals for the first time 
in Lasell history. 



Throughout the season, the team's 
defense was anchored by goalkeeper 
Mark DeMieri '08. He was nationally 
ranked in five categories in Division III. 
Leading the scoring this season was 
Mike Maggio '09 who was named to the 
League's All-Conference First Team. 
Brandon Keith '10 and Dave Bulhoes 
'09 were also key offensive players. 1? 




Brandon Keith '10 moves down the field. 



Women's Lacrosse 



Overall Record: 7-7 
Conference Record: 3-2 

This was the team's inaugural year in 
the Great Northeast Athletic Conference 
(GNAC) and they were very competitive, 
making an appearance in the semi- 
finals against Norwich University, VT. 



Leading the scoring for the season was 
Caitlyn Murphy '09, and Tina Canavan 
'11 had a great first year offensively. 
Both players were named to the GNAC 
All-Tournament Team. The net was 
shared by Tashell Morrison '09 and 
rookie Kristin Coderre, and defender 
Cassandra Haase '09 was named to the 
GNAC All-Conference First Team. 1> 




Krystal Ortiz '08 cradles the ball. 



Softball 

Overall Record: 19-20 
Conference Record: 17-10 

This year's team was very young, 
with seven freshmen on the roster, and 
it was also the Lasers first season in the 
GNAC. Nonetheless, they made it into 
the GNAC Tournament where they 
came up short in an eight inning game 
against St. Joseph's College, CT. 

For the season, Tiffany Perla '09 lead 
the offense and rookie Kirsten 



Mammola had a great first year, 
batting .378. On the mound, Alexandra 
Shackford '11 had the lowest ERA at 
2.54, pitching 88 innings and striking 
out 50 batters. 

The team lost senior co-captain 
and starting second baseman 
Laura Gallagher, but the rest of the 
squad is looking forward to a great 
2009 season. ^ 




Heather Lynch '09 prepares to hit. 



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Fall 2008 

Lasell LEAVES is distributed twice 
a year, free of charge to alumni, 
students, and friends of Lasell. 

The publication is produced by 

The Office of Institutional Advancement 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 

Dean for Institutional Advancement 

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Photography 
David Carlson 

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